County approves fee increases for marijuana, EMS
Grand County has approved an across-the-board increase in fees for both medical and retail marijuana operations.
The county currently charges $500 for all application and license fees for marijuana facilities.
Under the new rates, the license fee for retail marijuana stores and cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities will increase to $5,000. The application fee for any medical marijuana center, currently $500, will rise to $3,000.
Retail marijuana applications will remain at $3,000, of which the state collects $2,500.
Other fees including license renewals, a transfer of location or a modification of premises range between $1,000 and $5,000.
Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene, who brought the new fees to the board of county commissioners at its Nov. 10 meeting, said the changes would bring the fees in line with those of other counties.
Rosene presented the board with a list of concerns in April that included a recommendation to revisit the county’s fee structure for marijuana facilities.
Commissioners supported the changes.
“I’m glad to see you do it,” said Commissioner Kris Manguso. “It needed to happen.”
The board must approve an ordinance before the fees are put into effect.
Grand County Attorney Alan Hassler said the fees must be in place at the time of application to affect applicants.
The board also improved an increase in the building permit fee multiplier that the county uses to determine the cost of building permit fees.
The increase, from .0078 to .012, will roughly equate to a $500 increase in the cost of a building permit for a house valued at $242,000, said Community Development Director Bill Gray.
Increasing the rate will help the department cover costs, Gray said
The board approved rate increases for the Grand County Emergency Medical Services Department.
The advanced life support service base rate will increase from $1,083.77 to $1,445.77, while the basic life support service base rate will increase from $874.51 to $1,070.51.
The department’s mileage charge will increase from $14.87 per mile to $18.52 per mile.
EMS will also add a $100 fee per additional EMT and $150 fee per additional paramedic required for service.
Increasing those fees will help redistribute the burden of support from taxpayers to those that use the department’s services, said EMS Chief Ray Jennings.
The department currently receives two dedicated mills.
The increases were determined based on the department’s budgetary needs and federal guidelines, Jennings said.
Driveway and right-of-way permit fees from the road and bridge department will increase from $75 to $125 and $100, respectively.
VIN inspection fees will increase from $15 to $20.
All fee increases aside from marijuana-related fees will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.
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