You need revenue.
You need a plan.
You need to get your organization’s finances in order, but you don’t know where to start. Not only do you need to identify your costs, fees, and overhead, but you need to organize fee structures for on-going revenue and one-time fees.
Cost Allocation Plans & Fee Studies
Let us guide you through those first steps to identify where the costs lie and from where the revenue will flow. We will define alternatives, review various industry practices and local perspectives, and consider both strengths and opportunities in existing systems. We will help you put in place sustainable and defensible revenue streams through Federal or State grant reimbursements, inter-fund transfers, and comprehensive fee programs. We use this “financial road map” in our approach to every project.
Cost Allocation Plans
We provide sage analysis in the form of an Overhead Cost Allocation Plan, which distributes the general governmental and support services costs of a city, county or special district to the direct services and activities provided to the public. We prepare plans for local agencies that comply with federal regulations, known as Title 2 CFR Part 200 (formerly known as OMB A-87), for purposes of audit and/or reimbursement. In addition, these plans are used for optimal budgeting purposes and intended for use for many forms of cost recovery efforts.
Development Impact Fees
Development Impact Fees (DIF) are a one-time fee imposed to generate funds for the new or expanded infrastructure required because of development, whether commercial or residential. They are not to be used for ongoing operations and maintenance needs. We help local governments to identify the areas where such fees are needed, discuss the policy aims, and develop the rigorous study to justify such fees.
A Fee Study identifies the full costs of service eligible for recovery from fees and translates those costs into a workable fee structure for various programs and/or services. The full costs of service are derived for each service or activity and, in most cases, is first expressed as a fully burdened hourly rate applicable to the time necessary to perform the service or activity. It is important to have a strong overall understanding of an agency’s cost structure before designing these fees, and then to have a dialogue about cost recovery policies for them. We guide public agencies through these processes with upfront discussions, in-depth analysis and recommendations.
Rates, Fees and Charges Compendium
For a copy of the NBS booklet on Rates, Fees and Charges in the Post-Proposition 13, 218 and 26 Era in California, click below.
- San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
- Contra Costa County
- City of Los Angeles
- Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
- City of Victorville
And many more…