Local Government

Berkeley Set to Raise Many Local Fees, Taxes

In some cases, doubling them


Some of Berkeley's most popular offerings—tattoos, homemade cupcakes, boat berths—are all likely to get more expensive this summer.

The City Council is expected to raise fees Tuesday for a host of services, in some cases doubling them. If approved, the increases would take effect July 1.

"Everything costs more than it did last year," said Anna Avellar, who sits on the Animal Care Commission, which is recommending a 20 percent increase in dog adoption fees, from $100 to $125. "I know people aren't happy about it, but find me a city where people are happy about everything."