Title 32: Taxation and Finance
Chapter 7: THE PUBLIC MONEYS
32 V.S.A. § 603. Fee creation, amount, and adjustment of amount
§ 603. Fee creation, amount, and adjustment of amount
On or after the effective date of this subchapter:
(1) Any new fee shall be established solely by act of the general assembly, which shall designate the service or product provided, or regulatory function performed, for which the fee is to be charged.
(2) The rate or amount of, or adjustment to, any fee shall be set by act of the general assembly, except that the rate or amount, whether established by statute or rule, shall be adjusted by action of the joint fiscal committee, if projected revenues, as demonstrated by the agency head proposing the adjustment, are reasonably related to the cost of providing the associated service or product or performing the regulatory function. "Cost" shall be narrowly construed, but may include reasonable and directly related costs of administration, maintenance, and other expenses due to providing the service or product or performing the regulatory function. If submitted to the joint fiscal committee, a requested fee adjustment shall be considered approved unless within 30 days of its receipt a member of the joint fiscal committee requests that it be placed on the agenda of the joint fiscal committee or, when the general assembly is in session, requests that it be submitted for legislative
approval. The provisions of this subdivision shall not be construed to supersede the actual cost charges for copies of public records as established pursuant to 1 V.S.A. § 316.
(3) Fees for the following, unless otherwise specified by law, may be set by the department providing the service or product, and shall be reasonably and directly related to their costs, as provided in subdivision (2) of this section:
(B) reproductions not covered by subsection 316(d) of Title 1;
(D) forms for commercial use;
(E) publications of the department;
(F) costs of distribution of department materials;
(G) advertising for department services or products;
(I) charges to attend one-time department events; and
(J) sales of department products.
(4) Fees collected under subdivision (3) of this section shall be credited to special funds established and managed pursuant to subchapter 5 of chapter 7 of this title, and shall be available to the charging departments to offset the costs of providing these services or products. However, for purposes of fees established under this subdivision for copies of public records, the fees shall be calculated as provided in 1 V.S.A. § 316. These fees shall be reported in accordance with section 605 of this title. (Added 1995, No. 186 (Adj. Sess.), § 31, eff. May 22, 1996; amended 1997, No. 59, § 2, eff. June 30, 1997; 1997, No. 155 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2007, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 25.)