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BUDGET BLUES Raising agencies' fees



Published: Fri, February 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



AGING DEPARTMENT

New, $100 fine for nursing homes that fail to complete a long-term care consumer guide survey

New, $500 fine for denying access to a nursing home to a state long-term care ombudsman.

Environmental Protection Agency:

Increased fee of $4.75 (up from $2) per ton of garbage dumped in landfills. Of the $2.75 increase, Department of Natural Resources would receive $1 for a recycling program.

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT

New $5 per test fee for the department's equine infectious anemia testing.

Increased fee of $60 (up from $30) for inspections of commercial bakeries.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

New, $1,750 hospice initial inspection fee.

Increased fee of $88 (up from $65) for swimming pool inspections.

STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER

New, $25 indigent application fee.

Increased fee of $25 (up from $15) for Ohio Legal Aid filing

PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

Increased fee of $65.50 (up from $60) for divorce and dissolution filing.

Increased fee of $375 (up from $250) for a private investigator's license.

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:

New, $100 fee for nuisance wildlife control operators.

New, $75 fee for a ginseng collecting permit.

Amount agencies expected to raise through new or increased fees: $56 million.

SOME EXAMPLES

Environmental Protection Agency: $25 million.

Natural Resources: $14 million.

Ohio Legal Aid: $6.3 million

Agriculture: $2.7 million

Public Defender: $2.2 million

Source: Gov. Bob Taft




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