Which fees are set to increase in WeHo?

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West Hollywood will increase the charges on hundreds of services it offers — everything from parking garages to building inspections — in order to raise an additional $677,148 in revenue for the city over the next two fiscal years.

City Council will hold a public hearing Monday to discuss and potentially adopt a new resolution establishing updated fees and charges for services provided by the city in Fiscal Year 2024-25. 

Most of the increases are in city’s Planning and Development Services, like site inspections and plan checks, which in total will produce $189,000 in extra revenue for the city. 

Some of the notable changes that the general public might encounter are:

Electric vehicle charging

Instead of an hourly fee, drivers will be charged by kilowatt hour. Currently, the fee is based on the duration of a charging session ($1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $2.50 per hour thereafter). Drivers instead will pay a rate of $0.34 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity used. This is expected to earn an additional $107,015 for the city, more than double what the city brought in during fiscal year 23-24.

Administrative Tow Fee

This fee is being increased from $40 to $45. Its purpose is to offset the cost of conducting tow hearings. This is the first increase since the fee inception in 1997. 

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New Crescent Heights parking lot

Rates at the parking lot under construction Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevard will be $2 per hour from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., $20 for special event parking and up to $120 for monthly parking.

West Hollywood Park Parking Garage

The maximum daytime Sunday rate will increase from $6 to $12 per hour. Evening rates Monday through Sunday will be $10 per hour. New required keycards will cost $25. These changes alone are expected to net around $200,000 more for the city.

West Hollywood Library Parking Garage

Maximum rate for 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. rises from $9 to $10.New required keycards will cost $25.

Kings Road/Santa Monica Boulevard Parking Garage

The maximum rate from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. increases from $5 to $8. New required keycards will cost $25.

Pool fees

Small increases are set for Group, Private, Lap and Recreational Swim for non-resident older adults. 

Decreases

All pickleball and tennis court reservations for resident adults 55 and older will be offered at a reduced rate of 30% by the concessionaire. The same applies for resident recreation classes or programs for low-income and adults 55 years of age or older.  Also, a new plot fee for the city’s community gardens is being established for resident adults who are 55 and over and qualify as low income. The reduced fee is $84 and will be applied to qualified individuals assigned to a Community Garden Plot.

The city operates on a system where each city division annually reviews and proposes changes to their fee schedules. These proposed changes are first submitted to the Revenue Division and are subsequently compiled into a Master Fee Schedule. This comprehensive document is then presented to the City Council for approval.

The process also involves a detailed, external consultation every four years to ensure that the city’s fees remain comprehensive and competitive. The last comprehensive user fee analysis was conducted for Fiscal Year 2022-23. The updated User Fee Model for this year has been adjusted to reflect current salary rates and other economic factors relevant for Fiscal Year 2024-25.

 

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Mick in Weho
Mick in Weho
10 days ago

Nice – let’s gouge the Sunday park goers by doubling the cost to park – just because the garage is constantly full. It is WEHO’s own da#n fault for building the new recreation structure and not doubling the parking spaces. And then run council meetings out of here and set aside the whole ground level parking for your meetings. The spaces are marked off and empty most of weekend day when these occur. And like someone said below, how about utilizing some exiting funds to power wash the filthy sidewalks in front of the bars. WEHO increased meter rates years… Read more »

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Rules for Thee But Not For Me
Rules for Thee But Not For Me
25 days ago

I find it ironic that the City mandates what percentage, if any, building owners are allowed to increase rents, but then does not abide by the same standards for themselves, as demonstrated here. Rent increases used to follow inflation, but then Council decided to put a cap on that (3%), regardless of the rate of inflation (8%). In no other sector are these restrictions allowed, such as capping the amount a restaurant can charge for a plate of spaghetti or for necessities like bread and milk at Gelson’s. Should the City expect to run their business free of restrictions, then… Read more »

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
27 days ago

Wow! Doubling the rates on Sundays just seems greedy. This increase is not going to in any way lessen the demand for a place to park and it seems like just a cheesy way to take advantage of park patrons. What is next? An entry fee at the dog parks?

Mike
Mike
28 days ago

All the abandoned buildings in west Hollywood,should lose their fire insurance,because a lot of them are apparently letting the homeless burn down the buildings,just so they can collect fire insurance,which puts the community at risk !

Bastian
Bastian
28 days ago

So what are they going to do with the $31 Million surplus they were just patting themselves on the back for? Tree canopies, bike lanes and ice rinks?

Joshua88
Joshua88
28 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

On what would you like to see the money spent?
Please start a list.

Tim Watshon
Tim Watshon
27 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

How about simply fix the sidewalks. They are full of tons of pot homes. I saw several people trip and fall on the one front of Revolver.

Scott
Scott
27 days ago
Reply to  Joshua88

Put utility polls and power lines underground.
Power wash all sidewalks
Resurface streets.
Plant more trees.
Fix sidewalks
Add police.

Tom
Tom
26 days ago
Reply to  Bastian

Subsidized e-scooter charging stations, special OutZones for unicyclists, and discount Tofu Tastee-treats at all city events.

Jeff
Jeff
28 days ago

Probably wouldn’t need to raise a single fee for another decade if they just stopped with the stupid bike lanes that no one but like five people will ever use.

Tim Watshon
Tim Watshon
27 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

Yes.

kab1200
kab1200
21 days ago
Reply to  Jeff

Yep

nope
nope
28 days ago

The council members have such poor judgment, it’s hard to trust anything they do. And no, Chelsea Byers, we will not institute a new tax on Jews.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
28 days ago
Reply to  nope

And no, Chelsea Byers, we will not institute a new tax on Jews.”

Enough. You want to be a victim so badly. It’s so embarrassing.

Larry Block
28 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Thats a good one. You never know what they do if they thought it could help them politically. They didnt include a single Jew on the social justice task force, – She hid her work as the Director of Operations for an anti-Jew group Beautiful Trouble..she hid her trip to Israel that was paid for lobbyists. If Unite Here supported a tax on Jews they probably would say yes..(if mother hen Lindsey Horvath gave the approval). And neither Byers or Shyne has appointeed a single Jew to any commission that was not a Horvath holdover.

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
29 days ago

So the city is running revenue collection under a Capitalist for profit system, but they run apartment rentals under Marxist and Fascist rent control. And they operate freeloader handouts under a vote getting scheme. I get it now.

john
john
28 days ago
Reply to  WehoQueen

Tax and spend, big government, soft on crime…all you democrat voters keep voting for that. If you hate Trump fine but think about state and local races. Let CA know you want checks on one party rule.

Stevie
Stevie
27 days ago
Reply to  john

It’s the free handouts the leeches of society want. They’ve been given handouts for decades and Democrats keep promising more. Tax the workers and give the lazy asses what they want for votes.

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