M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 9/18/2018 - Ordinance No. 23383-09-2018

DATE: 9/18/2018 REFERENCE NO.: **G-19367 LOG NAME: 03FY19 FEES
CODE: G TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:  

Adopt Fiscal Year 2019 Fee Adjustments for the Aviation Department, Public Events Department, Water Department, Planning and Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Park and Recreation Department and the Botanic Garden Fund, Adopt the Attached Ordinance Revising Fees, Authorize Certain Fee Modifications, and Formally Designate Certain Personnel to Act on Behalf of the Financial Management Services Department in Collecting Fees and Issuing Licenses (ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS)


RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council:

1. Adopt the identified fee adjustments for the Aviation Department, Public Events Department, Water Department, Planning and Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Park and Recreation Department and the Botanic Gardens Fund, for Fiscal Year 2019;

2. Adopt the attached ordinance revising fees in Article XII, Fee Schedules of Chapter 2 Administration of the Code of the City of Fort Worth relating to development, zoning and platting applications;

3. Authorize fee modifications to respond to market demands for the Public Events Department;

4. Authorize fee modifications to respond to market demands for the Park and Recreation Department for marketing, promotional and educational purposes; and

5. Formally designate the departments and personnel that are routinely tasked with collecting fees and issuing licenses to act as agents of the Financial Management Services Department.

 
DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to take action in connection with adjusting fees that will apply to various City services during Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) and document compliance with the City Charter in connection with collecting fees and issuing licenses, as applicable.

A variety of fees apply to City services that range from renting out the Botanic Garden Halls to lease fees for facilities at the City's airports. Many of the fees are set out in state law or in the City Code, and some, such as the Water and Sewer Rates and development fees, are adopted by Ordinance on an annual basis. However, in several provisions of the City Code, fees are defined as being in the amount set by City Council.

Approval of this M&C authorizes adjustments for Fiscal Year 2019 to fees that are not established by other law. In addition, this M&C would approve the ordinance revising fees in Article XII: Fee Schedules, Chapter 2: Administration of the Code of the City of Fort Worth relating to development, zoning and platting applications. All other fees would remain in effect at their last-adopted rate as set by state law, City ordinance, or prior City Council action, as applicable.

The proposed fees were used in crafting revenue projections for the development of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget and include the following fee adjustments:

  

MUNICIPAL AIRPORTS FUND - Aviation Department

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Meacham T-Hangar (907 sf)

$400.00

Increase of $10.00 Per Month

Meacham T-Hangar (983 sf)

$405.00

Increase of $15.00 Per Month

Meacham T-Hangar (997 sf)

$405.00

Increase of $15.00 Per Month

Spinks Box Hangar (3,000 sf)

$900.00

Increase of $50.00 Per Month

Spinks Box Hangar (3,600 sf)

$1,000.00

Increase of $50.00 Per Month

Spinks Box Hangar (6,600 sf)

$1,850.00

Increase of $50.00 Per Month

Alliance Ground Lease Rate

$0.46

Increase of $0.02 Per Square Feet

Meacham Ground Lease Rate

$0.45

Increase of $0.03 Per Square Feet

Spinks Ground Lease Rate (west)

$0.30

Increase of $0.01 Per Square Feet

Spinks Ground Lease Rate (east)

$0.29

Increase of $0.02 Per Square Feet

Meacham and Spinks Airports - Fuel Farm Usage Fee

$400.00

Increase of $30.00

Meacham, Spinks and Alliance Airports - Fuel Flowage

$0.16

Increase of $0.01 per Gallon

Alliance Airport - Aviation Permits - Large Aircraft user

$1,650.00

Increase of $150.00 Per Month

Alliance Airport - Aviation Permits - General Aviation

$650.00

Increase of $150.00 Per Month

Consumer Price Index Adjustment

2.20%

Varies By Month

CULTURE & TOURISM FUND - Public Events Department

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Cattle Barn 1 Lease

$700.00 per day

Increase of $200.00 per day

Cattle Barn 1 Move-In/Move-Out Lease

$350.00 per day

Increase of $100.00 per day

Small Exhibits Building Lease

$1000.00 per day

Increase of $300.00 per day

Small Exhibits Move-In/Move-Out Lease

$500.00 per day

Increase of $150.00 per day

Cattle Barn 1 Café Lease

$200.00 per day

New Fee

Portable Dance Floor - SIZE 40' X 40' Rental

$1720.00 per day

Increase of $160.00 per day

Portable Dance Floor - SIZE 32' X 32' Rental

$1060.00 per day

Increase of $100.00 per day

Portable Dance Floor - SIZE 24' X 24' Rental

$600.00 per day

Increase of $60.00 per day

WATER DEPARTMENT - Water Administration

Fee /Test Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Ammonia

$20.00

Increase of $5.00

BOD, Total 5 Day

$30.00

Increase of $5.00

BOD, Carbonaceous

$30.00

Increase of $2.00

Bromate

$60.00

Increase of $10.00

Bromide

$60.00

Increase of $10.00

COD

$20.00

Increase of $3.00

Chlorine, Field (NEW TEST)

$15.00

New Test

Cyanide, Amenable to chlorination (NEW TEST)

$30.00

New Test

Cyanide, Total

$30.00

Increase of $5.00

Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC)

$30.00

Increase of $5.00

Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Field (NEW TEST)

$15.00

New Test

Nitrate

$18.00

Increase of $3.00

Nitrite

$18.00

Increase of $3.00

Nitrogen, Total Kjeldahl (TKN)

$30.00

Increase of $5.00

Ortho-phosphate

$20.00

Increase of $4.00

pH, Field (NEW TEST)

$10.00

New Test

SGT-HEM Non-polar material

$30.00

Increase of $8.00

Solids, Settleable

$15.00

Increase of $5.00

Solids, Total

$15.00

Increase of $3.00

Silica

$20.00

Increase of $5.00

Sulfate

$15.00

Increase of $5.00

Total Organic Carbon (TOC)

$30.00

Increase of $5.00

Total Organic Carbon (TOX)

Test To be removed

Can no longer be done Internally

UV254

$20.00

Increase of $5.00

Coliform, Total (MPN)

$35.00

Increase of $10.00

Coliform, TC/EC (MPN)

$35.00

Increase of $2.00

Coliform, Total (Presence / Absence)

$30.00

Increase of $8.00

Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC)

$25.00

Increase of $5.00

Metals, Mercury, Wastewater

$30.00

Increase of $5.00

Metals, Mercury, Low-level (NEW TEST)

$40.00

New Test

EPA 525.2 Semi-Volatiles

$240.00

Increase of $4.00

EPA 551.1 Haloacetonitriles (HAN)

$240.00

Increase of $10.00

EPA 552.2 Haloacetic Acids (HAA)

$240.00

Increase of $10.00

EPA 556 Carbonyls (NEW TEST)

$180.00

New Test

EPA 8081A Organochlorine Pesticides

$200.00

Increase of $20.00

EPA 8141A OP Pesticides

$200.00

Increase of $15.00

Microcystin (NEW TEST)

$50.00

New Test

Set-up Charge for Contract Customers (NEW FEE)

$50.00

New Fee

Intergovernmental Rate (New Rate)

5% Discount

New Rate

GENERAL FUND - Planning & Development Department

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Burglar Alarm Permits for Commercial Enterprises

$100.00

Increase of $50.00 per permit

Community Facilities Agreements and amendments for Developer tie-ins to City Infrastructure

$2,230.00

Increase of $480 per agreement

Application for Encroaching on City's ROW

$500.00

Increase of $175 per application

Per square foot charge for encroaching on the City's ROW

$1.44

Increase of $0.88 per square foot

An agreement between the City and a property owner for each Stormwater control not wholly maintained by CFW.

$635.00

New Fee

Transportation Impact fee credit agreements

$860.00

New Fee

Variance from established Zoning ordinance - Sign variance and additional sign variance

$750.00

Increase of $250 per Variance

Variance from established Zoning ordinance - other residential additional variance

$300.00

Increase of $150 per Variance

Variance from established Zoning ordinance - Commercial/other residential special exception

$1,000.00

Increase of $250 per Variance

Variance from established Zoning ordinance - owner-occupied special exception

$500.00

Increase of $100 per Variance

Variance from established Zoning ordinance - Zoning verification letter

$100.00

New Fee

Plat filing application fee - Preliminary application

$850.00

Increase of $80 per application

Plat filing fee - Per acre non- single family

$30.00

Increase of $10 per acre

Plat filing fee - Per lot single family

$15.00

Increase of $5 per lot

Plat filing fee - Final and minor plat application fee

$425.00

Increase of $40 per application

Plat filing fee - Per acre non - single family

$25.00

Increase of $5 per acre

Plat filing fee - Per lot single family

$25.00

Increase of $5 per lot

GENERAL FUND   - Police Department

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Recovery of Labor - Use of Police helicopter for non-law enforcement use by other City departments.

$975.00 Per hour

New Fee

GENERAL FUND - Fire Department

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Recovery of labor costs EMS STANDBY; revenue is generated from Fire personnel performing EMS Standby duties at certain events.

$60.00 Per hour

Increase of $10.00 Per hour

GENERAL FUND - Park and Recreation Department

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Youth Participation Activity Fee

$25.00

Increase of $5.00

Room (Pool) Rental Fee - per 2 hour interval

$400.00

Increase of $50.00 per 2 hour interval

Log Cabin Village membership dues

$25.00

Brings membership fee collection methods into compliance.

Log Cabin Village membership dues - Family Memberships

$75.00

Increase of $30.00 for family memberships

BOTANIC GARDENS FUND - Park and Recreation Fund

Fee Title

New Fee Amount

Description of Change

Botanic Garden Oak Hall (4 Hours)

$900.00

Increase of $50.00for every 4 hours

Botanic Garden Oak Hall (6 Hours)

$1,300.00

Increase of $50.00 for every 6 hours

Botanic Garden Oak Hall (9 Hours)

$1,700.00

Increase of $50.00 for every 9 hours

Botanic Garden Redbud Hall (4 Hours)

$700.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 4 hours

Botanic Garden Redbud Hall (6 Hours)

$900.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 6 hours

Botanic Garden Redbud Hall (9 Hours)

$1,100.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 9 hours

Botanic Garden Azalea (4 Hours)

$350.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 4 hours

Botanic Garden Azalea (6 Hours)

$450.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 6 hours

Botanic Garden Azalea(9 Hours)

$550.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 9 hours

Botanic Garden Camelia (4 Hours)

$350.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 4 hours

Botanic Garden Camelia (6 Hours)

$450.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 6 hours

Botanic Garden Camelia (9 Hours)

$550.00

Increase of $100.00 for every 9 hours

Botanic Garden Fuller Garden (2 Hours)

$900.00

Increase of $50.00 for every 2 hours

Botanic Garden Lower Rose (2 Hours)

$900.00

Increase of $50.00 for every 2 hours

Botanic Garden Pavilion (2 Hours)

$1,400.00

New Fee

The Public Events Department operates facilities that compete with public and private sector facilities for business and periodically need to make adjustments in response to market demands. Approval of the third recommendation authorizes the Public Events Director or their designee to adjust fees in response to market demands. The maximum amount of fees for these facilities will continue to be capped at those amounts previously approved by the City Council.

The Water Department Laboratory currently provides laboratory testing services for businesses, local, state and federal agencies and other City departments. The Water Department Laboratory is recognized by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) which is certified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Such designation makes the City' s laboratory a desirable facility for other agencies and parties to seek testing required by law and regulation. In FY2017, laboratory testing services were utilized by approximately 27 governmental agencies and 133 non-governmental agencies, and generated $195,511.00 in revenue. Lab fees are assessed to recover the costs for these services provided to other entities and were last updated in September 2010 (M&C G-17057). The FY19 updated fees have been determined by actual current labor, equipment, quality control, supply, and indirect costs incurred by the Water Department Laboratory, as well as a benchmarking study conducted with other public and private laboratories.

The Park and Recreation Department operates facilities and programs (Botanic Garden, Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Golf, Athletics, Aquatics, Community Centers, and Park Reservations) that all compete with public and private sector facilities for business and periodically need to make adjustments in response to market demands and for promotional and educational purposes. Approval of the fourth recommendation authorizes the Park and Recreation Director or their designee, directly or in connection with non-profit support groups, to adjust or waive fees in response to market demands such as seasonal, weather-related, and facility condition-driven factors; customer service resolutions; memberships; advertising opportunities; special marketing promotions; and educational purposes. The maximum amount of fees for all of these facilities will continue to be capped at those amounts previously approved by the City Council. The cumulative impact of the fee modifications shall not negatively impact by more than 10% the annual fee revenue projectionsfor the Park and Recreation Department.

Finally, approval of this M&C will also officially designate other personnel and departments as acting on behalf of the Financial Management Services (FMS) Department in collecting those fees and issuing licenses, as applicable. The City Charter charges the City's Finance Department "with the administration of the financial affairs of the city, including the keeping and supervision of all accounts . . . [and] the issuance of licenses and the collection of license fees . . . .".  As the City has grown over the years, responsibilities for issuing licenses and collecting fees became decentralized, with various departments and personnel being assigned as reflected in the City's revenue manual. In connection with the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, the City Council approved M&C G-18545 (September 15, 2015), which formally designated the assigned personnel and departments to act on behalf of FMS in collecting fees and issuing licenses, where applicable. Adoption of the current M&C continues that designation through Fiscal Year 2019.

This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.
 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that upon approval of the above recommendations, the participating departments are responsible for the collection and deposit of funds due to the City.

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Fernando Costa (8180)
Originating Department Head:
Lynda Johnson (6222)
Additional Information Contact:
Terry Hanson (7934)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  Sec 2 321 Fee Schedule 2018.doc