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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1991 | THIA BELL
A proposed water-management agency would be funded by fees paid by those who pump well water from the Ojai basin, agency backers said this week. "The fees are virtually inevitable," said Jim Coultas, an Ojai citrus grower and a director of the Casitas Municipal Water District, which is backing the proposed Ojai Ground Water Management Agency. Violators of the new agency's rules would face misdemeanor citations, backers said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1991 | LYNDA NATALI
Despite a $1.5-million shortfall, the City Council has balanced the city's $32-million budget without dipping into residents' pockets. While keeping a lid on taxes, the council last week approved a hiring freeze and increases in user fees. More than 20 city jobs will remain vacant next year at an estimated savings of $586,000. The staff vacancies are spread across six departments, including two police officer jobs and one fire captain post. Several part-time positions are also included.
NEWS
January 30, 1986
Motion picture and television production companies wanting to use the Santa Monica Airport as a location for filming must pay a user fee of $600 per day, the City Council decided last week. Portions of about 20 films are shot at the airport each year and production companies now pay the General Services Department $400 for a permit, the city staff said. The $600 user fee will be in addition to the permit fee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1989 | HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writer
If you are a resident of Torrance and your neighbors complain repeatedly to the police when you play loud music at 3 a.m., you may have to pick up the tab for their house call. The City Council has given tentative approval to 19 new or increased user fees, including a $97 fee that would be assessed if police come to your home more than once to tell you to turn down the music.
SPORTS
November 22, 1992 | STEVE ELLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a season of off-field ups and downs, seven Valley Youth Conference football championships will be decided today, beginning at 9 a.m. at Poly High. The series of age-group championship games will culminate with a battle between the North Valley Golden Bears and the San Fernando Braves for the bantam (age 14) championship at 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1990
It's understandable but unfortunate that the Orange County Board of Supervisors has decided to start charging people for emergency paramedic services. Such "user fees" have become popular with local governments since the tax-cutting Proposition 13 was approved nearly 12 years ago, but that doesn't make them right. Lifesaving services--such as paramedic responses--should be included as a part of the basic services paid for under general taxes.
NEWS
April 26, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, sparing Congress and the Bush Administration a big budget headache, ruled unanimously Tuesday that government "user fees" are not taxes and therefore may be imposed by federal agencies without being enacted into law. If the decision had gone the other way, it could have threatened as much as $22 billion in fees collected by various federal agencies, ranging from the Coast Guard to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Fire Department proposal to start charging for lifesaving paramedic services next year has elderly residents in the South County worried--and the County Board of Supervisors apparently divided. For the second time in as many weeks, the board on Tuesday delayed action on the proposal to raise $4.2 million a year for the Fire Department through "user fees" on a wide range of department services. Supervisor Thomas F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
When residents dial 911, the city's two paramedic units will still respond swiftly with emergency medical attention. But starting this summer, they will leave behind a bill for their services: $150 for basic medical treatment and $250 for responding to life-threatening situations.
NEWS
October 25, 1987 | TERRY SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
A divided City Council voted last week to spend $95,000 in hiring an outside consulting firm to determine if the city should raise its user fees--charges that builders, contractors and others must pay to obtain construction permits. The council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to hire Management Services Institute of La Mirada to compare Compton's fees with what other area cities charge. The study also will examine what the city charges for parks and recreation services.
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