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Fireworks booth fees to skyrocket in Exeter

Fireworks booth fees to skyrocket in Exeter

Fireworks fees will skyrocket in Exeter this summer, but not as high as surrounding cities and not enough to cover its cost.

The Exeter City Council voted 5-0 at its Feb. 12 meeting to increase its fireworks booth permit fees from $15 to $150. The Council also increased the refundable cleaning deposit from $35 to $100.

“We have not kept a cleaning deposit in the years that I have been doing the inspections,” Qualls said following a question from City Councilmember Theresa Boyce.

Public Works Director Daymon Qualls said the new fees would still not cover the cost of the permitting process. Qualls said it costs the City $204.94 per booth to process the applications and do the inspections for each permit. Qualls said the amount is near what most cities charge for booth permits including $85 in Hanford, $100 in Farmersville, $150 in Woodlake and $500 in Porterville. The $100 deposit is equal to that charged by Woodlake.

“I think these are well in-line,” Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Allwardt said. “A small segment of the population sells these we need to make them pay enough to cover the cost.”

Allwardt motioned to accept the fee increase and was seconded by Dale Sally, Jr., with the caveat that staff find out if the booths charges sales tax and if the City received that sales tax revenue.

“If they are contributing sales tax, maybe we can adjust it [lower],” Sally said.

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