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Several Nevada County departments get fee increase

Right now a Nevada County Library user will get hit with a $4 fine for returning a book that's been chewed by a dog.

It's $2 for a book that has excessive wear and tear, or if it's sullied with dirt, sand, candy, or gum.

Here's the problem: The library can't return those books to circulation, meaning it needs the full cost of the item plus a processing fee to replace the reading material.

In fact, the existing fees already call for the full cost of replacing the damaged item, plus a $5 charge.

That discrepancy was one reason the Nevada County Board of Supervisors last week approved fee changes for a handful of county departments, the library among them.

"We've consolidated them all under damage," Librarian Laura Pappani said. "It was extra confusing."

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The library last updated its fees in 2009. The new fines become effective July 13.

Other departments that updated their fees include the Public Defender and Clerk-Recorder's offices.

The cost of a marriage ceremony at the Clerk-Recorder's Office is rising to $50 from $40. Filing a fictitious business name statement now will cost $30 instead of $24. A wedding ceremony witness — currently free — will cost $10.

The Clerk-Recorder fees become effective July 1.

For the Public Defender's Office, fees for misdemeanor cases will rise to $250 from $200. Felony cases will cost $450 instead of $400. The $400 juvenile case fee remains unchanged.

Those fees became effective immediately.

According to CFO Martin Polt, supervisors update the fees of various county departments on a rotating basis.

"The library — the fee structure was outdated," Polt said. "Like a dog chewed a book."