Buffalo Waives Permit for New Courtroom Facility

Buffalo City Council
Buffalo City Council

The Buffalo City Council, at last week's meeting, voted to waive the building permit fee for the county's new courtroom facility, which is scheduled to begin construction later this month.

The waiving of fees for the judicial center, the justice center, and the new recycling center have become a point of contention between the city council members. Councilmen Bruce Hepp and Russ Humphrey have been against waiving the fees, while Councilmen Stan Lakin, Bill Hawley and Mayor Randy Dyess have been for waiving the fees.

Last week's meeting was no different, and Hepp explained his reasoning for wanting to charge the fees. He said the city should apply the $3,300 in fees against their annual $67,000 payment to the county for the city's share of paying for the facility. The city will be making those annual payments for the next 15 years, according to Hepp.

City attorney Ben Kirven gave his interpretation of the agreement.
After more discussions for and against waiving the fees, the council voted 3-2 to waive the permit fees for the county's judicial center, with Hepp and Humphrey voting against.

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