Air district staff wants to raise fees
May 22, 2012
Staff at the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is asking its board on Wednesday to approve a handful of fee increases in order to cover its growing budget needs, according to the agenda.
Staff is requesting increasing DMV fees, APCD permit fees, CEQA review costs, and APCD testing and verification costs. In addition, they are seeking a ballot measure to increase parcel fees in order to help fill a $273,000 budget gap the agency is facing.
District expenditures have grown from $2,438,146 during the 2001-2002 fiscal year to a budget of $4,156,766 for the current fiscal year.
Some 75 percent of the agency’s expenditures are for employee costs, according to the district’s expenditure report.
Of the district’s 21 full-time employees, in salaries benefits and “fringes,” 19 run over $100,000 a year.
Top earner, Executive Director Larry Allen, costs $240,119 a year, according, to the district’s fiscal year 2011/2012 salary projections.
This does not include a board voted increase to Allen’s salary of 5 percent slated for December or his $5,400 a year car allowances
The air quality board is comprised of all five county supervisors and a council person from each of the county’s seven cities.