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April 18, 2001

L&I proposes fee increases for building services

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries today proposed a 2.87 percent fee increase that, if approved, will apply to most of its inspection, permitting, licensing and certification services within the building and construction trades.

The fee increases are necessary to help offset inflation and would enable the programs to maintain operational effectiveness, according to department officials.

The proposed increases would take effect June 29, 2001.

The fee-increase proposals would cover services performed by the department for electrical, contractor registration, elevators and factory-assembled structures such as manufactured homes and recreational vehicles. Separately, the Board of Boilers, which issues its own rules, is also proposing a 2.87 percent fee increase.

The first public hearing on the proposed fee changes (except for boilers) is scheduled for 1 to 7 p.m. May 22 in the auditorium of the Labor & Industries building, 7273 Linderson Way, Tumwater. A second public hearing is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. May 23 in the Yakima School District administration offices, 104 N. Fourth Ave., Yakima.

A public hearing on the boiler-program fee increase will be held at 10 a.m. May 22 at L&I's Everett office, 729 100th St. S.E., Everett.

All the proposed fee increases are in compliance with the Office of Financial Management (OFM) guidelines. OFM oversees budgets for state agencies, and set 2.87 percent as the maximum allowable growth rate for fiscal year 2001.

Full copies of the proposed fee changes can be obtained by looking on the Internet at www.lni.wa.gov/scs/, or by calling 360-902-6411. Written comments on the proposed fee increases are due by May 23. They may be sent to Josh Swanson, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, or e-mailed to swaj235@lni.wa.gov. Comments also may be faxed to 360-902-5292 by the same deadline and must be 10 pages or less.

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