Commissioners still unsure why cost of permits, immunizations should be increased


GREENFIELD — Fees for septic tank applications and certain immunizations through the Hancock County Health Department could rise this year, but the county commissioners are baffled on the reason for the hikes.

Currently, someone seeking a septic tank permit would pay $100 for the office to process an application and conduct inspections. The health department is proposing a new rate of $250 for both, which gave Hancock County Commissioners sticker shock last week.

“We’re not in the business of making money. That’s a huge jump, in my opinion,” said President Derek Towle.

Commissioners, who will have to approve the new fees, ended up tabling the proposal. Now, a week later, they’re still not sure why the public should be asked to pay more than double for septic applications. They’re also puzzled about proposals to raise fees for a number of immunizations.

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