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Chris Fisher - Revenue Opportunities Through User Fees Chris Fisher - Revenue Opportunities Through User Fees Presentation Transcript

  • Revenue Opportunities Through
    User Fees
    Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Introduction
    Chris Fisher – Willdan Financial Services:
    User Fee Studies, Cost Allocation Plans
    Special District Formations
    CFDs, Assessments, Fire, BIDs
    Utility Rate Studies
    Water, Wastewater
    Economic and Fiscal Analysis
    Impact Fees
  • Case 1: Comprehensive User Fee Study
    Undertaken as part of annual budget process
    First comprehensive review of citywide fee programs in many years
    Review and analysis of fee-based services
    Coordinated with cooperation of Finance Department staff
    City goal: find $1.5MM to $2MM revenue
  • Study Objectives
    Identify true cost of providing user fee services
    Survey of services for which fees are in place
    Understand the service delivery processes
    Analysis of staff involved, time survey, and cost
    Determine level of subsidy and revenue impacts
    Identify new fees, cost recovery strategies
    Appropriately distribute overhead costs
    Develop defensible fee schedule
  • Findings
    Developed revenue projections based upon estimated activity levels, new fees
    City addressed more formal fee policies during budget workshops
    Identified approximately $1.2MM in additional revenue through fee increases
    Recommended implementation of two new fee programs
  • Case 2: Market Study Approach
    Programmatic cost review
    Market analysis - comparison of city programs to neighboring or similar profile cities
    Ten benchmark cities
    Close proximity, similar program offerings, profiles
    Targeted recreation programs, sports, leagues, classes, arts programs, etc
    Graphic presentation of results, cost per hour of programs calculated for comparison purposes
  • Approach and Considerations
    Highlight where fees are too low
    Identify potential program reductions
    Low participation
    Similar offerings from other cities, lower cost
    Alternatives for participants
    Selected comparison city subsidy policies or true costs are not known
  • Findings
    Some program offerings were reduced or eliminated
    Lower cost alternatives, participation
    Market saturated for some programs
    City policy to continue subsidizing indirect costs of running programs
    Only target direct costs for full recovery
    Netted approximately $200K per year based upon reductions, fee adjustments
  • Case 3: Global Review
    Review of revenue generating programs
    Taxes, assessments
    User Fees, impact fees
    Parking fees, franchise fees
    Rentals, facility use fees
    Comparison of target city to benchmark cities
    Important to select appropriate benchmarks
    Collaborative selection, vetting process
    • Identified and quantified opportunities, steps
  • Questions