Riverside 'sex-businesses' hit with fee hikes

RIVERSIDE, Calif. The sheriff's department requested that the county's board of supervisors set higher rates for certain activities in order to recoup increased costs borne by the department.

The agency faces a loss of approximately $9 million in its 2010-2011 fiscal year budget due to cuts in general support from the county as well as an anticipated shortfall in public safety sales tax revenue.

The fee increases would apply to the following services in unincorporated communities:

  • Massage parlor business licensure, from $500 to $595, and license renewals from $200 to $316.
  • Massage parlor technician licensure, from $200 to $224, and license renewals from $100 to $120.
  • Porn shops, strip clubs and other "sex-oriented businesses," from $500 to $510, and renewals from $250 to $276.
  • Bail bond signboards in jails, from $54 to $55.
  • Coroner's body removal charge, from $255 to $320.

The revised fee plan calls for a reduction in the cost of a fortune-telling license, from $250 to $130, but renewals would rise from $100 to $111.

Also, the charge for a private party autopsy would decline from $2,045 to $1,958.

The sheriff's department says fees for processing massage parlor and fortune-telling licenses were last adjusted in the late 1980s.

A July 13 public hearing is set for business owners and residents to weigh in on the fee changes, which the board is expected to formally approve at that time.

CMS contributed to this report.

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