June 2012.

You Can’t Make This Up: Donate a park bench to Newport, pay a fee

They’ve got a $263 million budget, $100 million in reserves, a $130 million city hall under construction, want 20% of the gross from the marina owners, tripled mooring fees … now they want to nick the nice folks of Newport that donate things to the city for a “maintenance fee.”

The council Tuesday approved new fee for donors amounting to 10 percent of the item’s value.

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By JOSH FRANCIS / FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

NEWPORT BEACH – If you’re planning to donate a park bench or playground equipment to the city, get ready to pay a fee.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the new fee, which was recommendation by the city’s Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission as a way to pay for maintenance costs associated with donated items.

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