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Should Douglas County drop permit fee for rural structures?

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Douglas County commissioners are breaking the rules. During Tuesday's county board meeting, the routine of approving permits to allow temporary dwellings on rural properties was challenged.

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Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush often presents commissioners with permits approved by the planning committee for final consideration at county board meetings. Commissioner Bev Bales proposed the county save time and money, for both local government and property owners, by changing rules and regulations surrounding the issue. Rush will be looking into adding a provision to the ordinance in which residents could issue a bond in lieu of paying an expensive permit fee. Some sort of fee may still apply for processing.

An agreement would need to be made guaranteeing that the original structure would be removed within a reasonable time from completion of the second building.

"This is really a rural issue," Rush said. "It's not something that generally affects neighbors because they're not in proximity."

Rush said it's important for the public to know the reason for enforcing the destruction of the first structure is because there have been cases where property owners didn't comply with removing the first building in a timely manner.

The Land and Resource office also received a performance grant credit of $3,017 for work performed in 2012.

REAL ESTATE REPORT

Counties are statutorily required to issue a certificate of compliance regarding recording requirements of real estate documents. Douglas County Recorder Dawn Crouse informed commissioners that Douglas County has a 100 percent compliance rating.

A $46 fee is collected for recording real estate documents. Included in that fee are payments to the state treasury general fund ($10.50), recorders technology/equipment fund ($10), recording compliance fund ($11) and $14.50 goes to the county general fund. The $11 portion has been approved by county commissioners for funding of compliance efforts including electronic recording and data integration and aggregation projects.

The recorder's office processed 9,686 documents in 2011, the year reported.

DeyCrystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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