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Haverhill

January 23, 2013

Mayor's proposal squeezes charities

Plan would cap fee waivers for nonprofits

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The problem with waiving local building fees, Macek said, is that revenue from the fees are already built into the city’s budget.

The mayor’s proposal caps the total that would be available to be waived for all charities in a given year at $5,000, but Macek said he might propose an amendment that would allow the mayor to set the cap annually. That would allow the mayor to adjust the cap up or down, depending on the city’s finances in a given year.

Fiorentini’s proposal, which can be altered by the council, also requires any nonprofit seeking a fee waiver to use at least 80 percent volunteer labor for its event or project. The measure would also allow the mayor to waive charges for the disposal of brush, grass or leaves for up to seven days in a public emergency such as severe weather.

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