That pink piece of paper tucked under your windshield wipers may soon snatch more green from your wallet.

Across-the-board increases for parking tickets are among several fee hikes being proposed by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker in an effort to offset the rising costs of fuel and health care.

"We looked at our fees and felt we had room to raise them and still be well within the range for other large cities in Utah," Becker said.

Most people living in or visiting the capital city wouldn't notice the fee hikes unless they park illegally, build a home or commercial building, get a business license or bury someone in a city cemetery.

Fine increases for most parking tickets would be minimal: The basic expired-meter ticket would go up from $100 to $105; and being cited for expired registration or plates would cost $120 instead of $110.

Getting caught parking illegally in a handicap zone, however, would cost motorists $240 — tacking $50 on to the current fine.

Becker's 2007-08 budget, presented to the Salt Lake City Council, also calls for 10 percent inflationary increases on building permits, including fees for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, demolition, planning and zoning and excavation work.

Getting a business license in Salt Lake City also would cost more if the City Council goes along with Becker's recommendations. The base fee for a regular business license would increase from $75 to $100, matching that of West Valley — the state's second most populous city.

The cost for alcohol licenses would increase by an average of $42 for bars, restaurants and grocery stores.

Sexually oriented businesses also would take a financial hit. Business licenses for outcall agencies such as escort services would cost $1,000 instead of $800, with their employees having to pay a $175 fee, a $35 increase. A business license for a strip club would cost $700 instead of $600, and dancers at such establishments would pay a fee of $200, up from $160.

It also would cost more for taxi drivers to operate in the city. Badges or licenses are proposed to go up from $100 to $177 per driver.

Proposed increases in cemetery fees would have residents paying $770 instead of $700 for an adult grave site. The cost for nonresidents would go up from $1,125 to $1,347.

The City Council has the final say on the city's budget. By state law, the final budget must be adopted by June 22.

Proposed fee hikes

Cemetery:

Adult grave site, resident / $700 / $770

Adult grave site, nonresident / $1,225 / $1,347

Infant grave site, resident / $400 / $440

Infant grave site, nonresident / $700 / $770

PARKING TICKET FEES

Expired meter / $100 / $105

Handicap zone / $190 / $240

Bus and taxi zone / $110 / $120

Double parking / $110 / $120

No parking zone / $100 / $120

On crosswalk / $107 / $115

Unattended vehicles left running / $110 / $120

Taking more than one space / $107 / $115

Expired registration/plates / $110 / $120

Within 15 feet of light-rail tracks / $190 / $240

Within 5 feet of fire hydrant / $115 / $127

BUSINESS LICENSE FEES

Nonhome occupation / $75 / $100

Home-occupation / $50 / $75

Alcohol licenses:

Beer Class A (grocery, convenience stores) / $190 / $238

Beer Class B (restaurants) / $150 / $188

Beer Class C (bars, taverns) / $213 / $266

Beer Class D (special events) / $150 / $188

Beer Class F (brew pubs, microbreweries) / $150 / 188

Sexually oriented:

Outcall agencies / $800 / $1,000

Outcall employees / $140 / $175

Seminude, nude dance agencies / $600 / $750

SOB employees, dancers / $160, $200


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