[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Dedham as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Ch. 29 of the 1996 By-laws; amended 11-18-2013 STM by Art. 16]
Determination of amounts of charges and fees shall take into consideration the actual costs to the Town of the service(s) provided.
Determination of amounts of fines and penalties shall take into consideration the actual costs to the Town related to the situation, as well as a balance between disincentive and excessiveness.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]
From time to time, adjustments to amounts of fines and penalties may be suggested by Department Heads, Town Officials, Town Boards, or others to the Town Manager. Upon recommendation of the Town Manager, as required by statute, by-law or other ordinance, such adjustments shall be presented to the Annual Town Meeting for its approval.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]
Other than as specifically set forth herein, any Town board or officer empowered to issue a license, permit, certificate, or to render a service or perform work for a person or class of persons, may, from time to time, fix reasonable fees for all such licenses, permits, or certificates issued pursuant to statutes or regulations wherein the entire proceeds of the fee remain with the Town, and may fix reasonable charges to be paid for any services rendered or work performed by the Town or any department thereof, provided, however, that in the case of a board or officer appointed by an elected board, the fixing of such fee shall be subject to the review and approval of such elected board, and in the case of any other board or officer, the fixing of such fee shall be subject to the review and approval of the Town Manager or the Manager’s designee. No fee shall be imposed or increased until a public hearing is held with respect thereto and such new or revised fee is then posted at the office of the Town Clerk for at least two weeks prior to the effective date thereof. All fees in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this by-law shall continue to be applicable until revised as provided hereunder. Fee schedules shall be posted in the office of the Town Clerk and in the office of the officer or board imposing the fee.
The Board of Selectmen is hereby authorized to establish and from time to time amend regulations, guidelines or policies for the granting of waivers, where appropriate, for all local fees of any kind, including but not limited to fees established under the previous section and pursuant to G.L. c.40, § 22F, to the extent authorized therein, and also including but not limited to Building Code fees, to the extent authorized under the State Building Code, Title 780, including but not limited to 780 CMR sections 106.5, 114.0 and 114.3.1, and to grant waivers or delegate the grant of waivers consistent with such regulations, guidelines and policies.
[Adopted as Ch. 35 of the 1996 By-laws]
Fees for fire and police details must be paid within 45 days after the issuance of a bill. In the event that such charges remain unpaid after the expiration of the 45 days, interest will accrue at a rate equivalent to that assessed for unpaid taxes pursuant to the provisions of G.L. c.59, § 57 as said provisions may from time to time be amended.
The Board of Selectmen may develop a policy assuring timely payment of such fees, including but not limited to the requirement of a deposit or escrow of funds sufficient to cover such obligations.