Kudos to Fremont's director of planning who attempted to introduce a new fee schedule that would be used to help recoup costs the city incurs for services provided to private developers.

According to his studies, Fremont's fees charged to developers are substantially less than those of comparative communities and in some cases are even "zero-rated", meaning that Fremont's taxpayers pay for a developer-caused expense by default through local property taxes. Basic cost accounting principles would have the "COST CAUSER" (developer) pay for the services they require of the city. City expenses caused by developers SHOULD NOT be subsidized by Fremont's taxpayers. And, contrary to the mayor's stated concerns for possible fee shock and the developers' bottom line, developers have the ability and responsibility to recover THEIR expenses in what they charge others.

The mayor and the council should instead look out for Fremont's taxpayers since they should not be required to pay high taxes by default so that a developer can enhance their own bottom line. The council chose to delay action on implementing the new fee structure pending more study and it temporarily extended the recently invalidated fee schedule caused by city code changes, which would have left the city without any approved fee schedule to bill from.

Before the revised fee schedule is addressed again at the next council meeting, the taxpayers of Fremont need to let our city council members know that captive city taxpayers should not be required to subsidize the bottom line of private businesses, no matter how prominent they might be in Fremont development projects.

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Gloria Yerger

Fremont

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