June 23, 2012 12:00 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Special to the Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • Some Apple Valley residents will pay higher fees for a variety of services should the Town Council pass a resolution during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The proposed hikes came during the formation of the town’s 2012-13 budget, which revealed that Apple Valley had not raised permit fees in areas such as home occupation permits, special events and conditional use permits since 2008.

Many of these fees have been virtually non-existent for the last four years, with the economy halting construction and improvements. That loss of revenue, coupled with the town’s recent budget reduction of 26.75 percent — the largest since its 1988 incorporation — prompted staff to suggest the proposed increases.

If the resolution passes, the cost of a home occupation permit will increase 44 percent from $59 to $85 as of July 1, while a development permit will jump 72 percent from $1,794 to $3,080.

In an effort to provide emergency planning services to the town, the council on Tuesday night will also review and discuss the ratification of a joint agreement with the AV Fire Protection District and the AV Unified School District.

The fire district will continue to provide public information and educational programs for the town, plus serve as a liaison between Apple Valley and county, state and federal agencies.

Since 2000, the town and AVFPD have shared the cost of emergency services and planning, with the AVUSD joining the partnership this year.

The council is set to approve another five-year agreement with the County of San Bernardino Fire Protection District for Household Hazardous Waste services.

Should the agreement pass, Apple Valley will pay the county $79,052 each year — a 17 percent increase from the current $67,568 total.

Collection of hazardous material is done through the town’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 13450 Nowaket Road.

These items are up for discussion during Tuesday’s meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. The meeting’s agenda and live streaming video will be available online at www.AppleValley.org.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at MrReneDeLaCruz@gmail.com.

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