Palm Desert Freezes Fee Schedules

The Palm Desert City Council recently voted 5-0 to freeze the City’s Development Review and Inspection Services fee schedules.

City staff was urging the Council to incorporate changes in the fees for services, which were based on the updated cost for services study using FY 2009-2010 actual expenditures. If adopted, the results would have yielded an increase from 10% to as much as a 100% increase in user fees.

As a result of the Council's August 25 vote, this issue will not be brought back to Council for consideration until budget discussions begin for FY 2012-2013, which will be in April of 2012.

The Riverside BIA is pleased that the Council was sensitive to the state of the industry, and we especially would like to thank Councilwoman Jan Harnik and Mayor Jean Benson for their efforts.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Bill Blankenship.