BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ASSEMBLY BILL 676 (WOLK),
REGISTRATION FEES, LOCAL FEES
RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that
WHEREAS, existing law allows county recorders to impose a variety of fees, including: $15 to cover the costs of furnishing a copy of any notice of federal lien; a $50 documentary handling fee under the California Environmental Quality Act; a filing fee for recording and indexing every instrument, paper or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded; a registration fee of up to $25 on every defendant represented by appointed counsel; a fee to cover the administrative cost of collecting restitution; and various others; and
WHEREAS, the process to increase fees is cumbersome and the Legislature does not regularly review to address changes in cost; and
WHEREAS, some fees have not been updated in 20-30 years; and
WHEREAS, Assembly Bill 676 (Wolk) would increase or eliminate the maximum amounts that can be imposed for the various fees; delete statutory cross-references to statutes in which the bill proposes to delete limits on fees, enabling fees to be set pursuant to the general authorization for counties to recover the cost of providing any product or service or the cost of enforcing any regulation for which a fee or charge is levied.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED that the Board of Supervisors by the adoption of this resolution hereby supports Assembly Bill 676 (Wolk) regarding registration fees and local fees.
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