Lyon County commissioners hike brothel fees
Appeal Staff Writer
Brothel operators in Lyon County will have to pay more after the commissioners voted 3-1 to increase the quarterly fees across the board.
The quarterly fees will increase $2,000. Current quarterly fees are $16,000 for brothels with one to 20 rooms; $19,000 for brothels with 21-40 rooms; and $22,000 for brothels with 41 or more rooms.
The new fees will go into effect July 1.
Commission Chairman Bob Milz said that two years ago, when the commissioner raised the brothel fees, Moonlite Bunnyranch owner Dennis Hof complained, and the commission rescinded the increases. Milz said he didn’t want the same thing to happen again.
Hof could not be reached for comment.
County Comptroller Josh Foli noted that funds from brothel fees go to purchase police equipment, something the department needed right now.
Milz pointed to the county’s brothels as law enforcement difficulties, but Sheriff Sid Smith said bars along Highway 50 caused more problems than brothels.
“Brothels tend to police themselves,” Smith said.
Commissioner Chet Hillyard, who is seeking re-election, opposed the measure.
Most other fees for county services will remain the same, though there were some increases as well as some deletions.
Hazardous waste permit fees will be eliminated, as will mobile home parks and recreational vehicle park fees, Lyon County code section fees and flood certificate fees.
Elsewhere in the Building Department, fees for electrical, foundations, gas lines, septic permits and wood stoves will go up.
Planning Department increases include fees for boundary line adjustments, division of land into large parcels, tentative maps, improvement plan review fees, master plan amendments, parcel maps, subdivision maps, waivers and variances, wireless communication facilities, and zone changes.
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By the numbers
Here are the fees that were increased by Lyon County Commissioners Thursday:
Fee Current After July 1
Quarterly fees – 1-20 Rooms $16,000 $18,000
21-40 Rooms $19,000 $21,000
41 or more Rooms$22,000 $24,000
Electrical $50 $60
Foundation – residential $100 $120
Hazardous waste permit application$1,000 0
Hazardous waste processing service charge
Actual cost 0
Mobile Home Parks and RV Park fe $500 0
Lyon County Code Sections (per title)$50 $60
Flood certificate $50 0
Boundary line adjustment fee $250 $275
Division of land into large parcels $1,500 $2,000
Tentative map $250 $500
Improvement plan review $100 $150
Master plan amendment $1,000 $2,000
Tentative parcel map $600 $750
Parcel map waiver $100 $250
Street name request $150 $175
Tentative subdivision map $1,250 $1,500
Waiver, exception or variance to
improvement standards $100 $500
Wireless communication facility
new application $650 $750
modification $650 $500
Variance, administrative $100 $250
Variance $500 $750
Zone change $1,250 $1,500