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Valley of the Moon fire board expected to OK new fee schedule

The Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District board is expected to approve a new fee schedule at tonight’s meeting.

Some of the new fees will be lower than the last fee schedule adopted in 2011, but some fees will be going up.

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority Chief Phil Garcia said the fee schedule needed to be adjusted because the fire district has taken over the fire prevention services that the county used to offer.

As an example, fees that are going down include plan review, from $145 an hour to $126 an hour; field inspections, from $140 an hour to $126 an hour; false fire alarm response, from $500 an incident to $178 an incident; and file searches, from $85 an hour to $65 an hour.

Among the fees going up are response to incident involving an impaired driver, from $500 an incident to $419 an hour; state regulated building inspection, from $112 an hour to $126 an hour; inspection for a large family day care, from $112 an hour to $126 an hour; required operational permits from $65 to $85, and file report copy charges from $3 a page to $6 a page.

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