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People doing business with Washington County have begun paying more in fees for services and licenses, contributing another $105,000 to this year's budget.
Most of the increases that took effect Jan. 20 are minor, such as $1 for some food licenses, and a new $1 fee for daily firearm storage at the Sheriff's Office. Overall, fee revenue accounts for a small part of the county's $154.2 million operating budget. "We don't make money but we want to recover the costs so there's no reason to raise property taxes," said budget director Kevin Corbid.
Other hikes include minor bumps for youth camp inspections, permits for managing waste tires and vaccines for people not eligible for federal subsidies.