JAMESTOWN – Jamestown could see an additional $50,000 a year in new revenue after approving a resolution during the city council’s monthly voting session. On Monday night, city officials approved home rule legislation requesting the city increase its fees for requesting and receiving copies of birth and death certificates.
Currently the city charges $10 per request but under the recently approved resolution, that amount could increase to $30 and according to Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, that $20 increase per request would result in as much as $50,000 of new money coming into the city each year. Teresi also said that most of the requests come from out of town, meaning the change would have a minimum impact on most local residents.
By acting on the resolution, that council effectively is asking for the state’s permission to increase the fees. The request has been sent to both the State Assembly and the State Senate for its consideration.
Meanwhile, the city council also approved home rule legislation allowing the city to establish an administrative tribunal to deal with contested parking tickets. The purpose of the tribunal will be to alleviate the caseload of the city court. It would be established once the state gives its formal permission that it can be created.