2.3. TRUE NORTH HOUSING ALLIANCE REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF PERMIT FEES TORRES SHELTER
In a letter dated May 18, 2020, the True North Housing Alliance (True North) requested a fee waiver for all permits and fees related to the Torres Shelter Phase 1 permit and building project - expansion of their current emergency shelter. The project consists of an interior remodel to the existing emergency shelter, which includes a new reception/intake area, larger common area with seating, larger dorm rooms to include more beds and a gender-neutral dorm. (Report - Mark Orme, City Manager)
ALL Businesses and Chico are struggling. If Torres shelter is to receive a waiver that all businesses should receive the same waiver.
While I support the new shelter, I do not suppor waived fees. All citizens must be treated equally!
I am in support of this only if the members of the finance committee proposing to refinance the sewer debt, do all of the work required to get those cost savings for the city of Chico on a pro-bono basis. I would also like to volunteer to help with the work getting the refi done and I would be happy to provide a resume, references and be properly vetted and determined qualified to work with you on the credit action.
While I support the Torres shelter and what they do for our community I do not feel that they should be granted a fee waiver for their planned upgrades. If you grant them a fee waiver then you need to grant every Chico business, family, or non-profit a fee waiver.
While I support the project, they should have to play by the same rules and fee schedule as everyone else.
I only agree with shelter services if participants have to live by the rules. Also I think in exchange the City should mandate people stay in shelters or leave.
What is this? Where is accountability? Wavers should be for all in this time of crisis, we pick and choose who gets, and who don't get? How fair is that? Build it, and no waviers.
If fee waivers are going to be granted to some, they should be waived for ALL. There can not continue to be 2 sets of rules and regulations for Chico citizens, whether they are housed, unhoused or Non-profit.
If the city is going to grant Torres Shelter/True North a fee waiver for improvements then it should also extend waivers to all businesses in chico who are remodeling. Stop playing favorites with your pet projects council members
Until my fees and taxes are reduced, hard for me to support. And also hard to support with the amount of $$ we spend on the homeless issue as a whole, with no improvement or change. But I support the Torres Shelter!!
I am torn on this, as I would like to see Torres do the work to get people OUT of our parks/waterways & on to a better life. But it truly isn't fair that they get a fee waiver & we don't. Think of the Camp Fire survivors...even THEY had fees & hoops to jump through. I was leaning on the side of a waiver, but with all the grant funding for homeless causes, one would think they can lean on their donors to supplement any shortfall. Tough one. I want people to start owning their role and to be fair.
While I may be supportive of this project, it is unfair and inappropriate to invest city funds, either by subsidies or waivers, to projects on the basis of whether you find a given project compatible with your ideological preferences. Citizens are entitled to equal protections under the law, and this means you cannot grant favors to certain projects and deny equal treatment to others. This is how you find yourselves in court.
Rebuilding our rental in Paradise, we were stuck with aaaaalllllll the fees! Why should Torres be different?