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Dougherty Co. commissioners to vote on permit fee increase

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Permit fees could rise for buildings in Dougherty County if an increase in service fees is approved.

Planning Director Paul Forgey presented the proposed increases to commissioners Monday morning.

Forgey said the increase would help pay for permit services. The fees have not been raised since 1999.

Fees currently bring in $2,000 less than the cost of the services. Forgey said the increase would bring in an additional $100,000.

He said the Planning Director's office looked at other jurisdictions in Georgia to see what would be an appropriate increase for Dougherty County.

"In the end, it's going to impact the people who are buying new buildings, the homeowners, and the people who buy new commercial buildings," said Forgey. "The builders will have to pay it up front, but just like everything else, they'll pass that on to the people that they're selling it to."

The city of Albany has already approved a similar increase.

Dougherty County commissioners will vote on the increase at their next regular meeting.

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