State

Permit application fee would jump to $115

A $13 charge to apply for a concealed weapon permit would jump to $115, if the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department persuades county supervisors to grant the increase at a public hearing scheduled April 27.

Fees for renewing every two years also would increase sharply, from $6.50 to $60.

Actual costs to process applications are closer to $229 for first-timers and $120 for renewals, according to a report. Officials don't want to gouge people in a recession, Sheriff Adam Christianson said, and recommend recouping about half.

"We don't want there to be a perception that we're trying to close a budget gap by increasing fees," he said. Charging about half the actual cost seems "reasonable," he said.

Fees charged by other agencies surveyed for the report range from $10 in Mariposa County to $720 in Santa Clara County, with a nine-county average of $158, the report says.

Figures don't include an extra $76 state Department of Justice fee plus $19 for the FBI.

If applications in Stanislaus County don't nosedive, higher fees could pull in an extra $33,400 per year, the report says.

The April 27 public hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:10 a.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.

-- Garth Stapley

For county documents on the issue, go to www.stancounty.com/bos/agenda/2010/ 20100316/B07d.pdf.

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