Editorial: Bonita City Council got it backwards with fee privatization

Source: Naples Daily News (FL), Sunday, November 30, 2008

Call it a textbook example of how not to do it.

Some six months after privatizing its building department to save money, the city of Bonita Springs adopts a fee schedule that does the opposite. It actually costs most applicants more money — up to 10 times more for someone installing a spa.

Worse, the formalization of the fee schedule comes after the privateer has been assessing fees that have been drawing complaints from elected officials, consumers and contractors.