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Board of Health seeks approval of tiered fee program
by Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com
June 14, 2012 02:21 PM | 800 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Clayton County Commission was scheduled to consider this week a resolution which would increase the county’s environmental health fees.

At the commission’s June 5 meeting, Dr. Alpha Bryan, district health director of the Clayton County Board of Health, joined Clayton County Environmental Health Services Manager Ellis Jones in seeking a fee increase approval as its last increase was more than four years ago.

In addressing the commission, Bryan said that since the present fees were established in January of 2008, the board of health has seen “drastic increases in the cost of doing business.” Bryan also told the commission that her staff had implemented an entirely new process which is standardized primarily by the federal government and has been adopted by the state government.

“This process has been passed on to the local government level in order to perform many of the inspections which are being done by the Department of Environmental Health Services,” Bryan said.

In a prepared statement concerning the request, Jones said health service expenditures for its responsibilities continue to climb.

“These fees are related to the cost associated with inspecting and permitting food service establishments, tourist accommodations, pools and spas,” he said.

Jones said officials with Clayton Environmental Health Services have taken a close look at all the services it provides.

According to information provided to the board of commissioners by the Clayton County Board of Health, the department is proposing, for the first time a “tiered payment structure,” in regard to fees.

As it now stands, the board of health charges a flat $125 permit fee to temporary food services.

According to Bryan, the vision of the Clayton County Board of Health is to improve the overall health of the Clayton community, which is accomplished by health promotion and protection, preparedness, planning and prevention which are “evidence-based and data driven.”

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