A city audit of the Planning and Development Review Department has found that the Office of the City Auditor “cannot provide assurance that development-related fees are charged accurately and consistently.”
In one part of the audit, 40 percent of the fee transactions tracked were incorrect. The audit evaluated 30 transactions, and found that 12 were not assessed in accordance with the fee schedule — resulting in individual undercharges of as much as $28,800 and overcharges as high as $2,400 in the sample.
The audit also took a look at two specific fee types and reviewed all of the transactions during Fiscal Year 2014. That audit found that the majority were charged incorrectly, which cost the city about $100,000.