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Commissioners revisit Victoria County health department fees

By Melissa Crowe
Dec. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.


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The Victoria City-County Health Department is raising fees on some vaccinations and services.

Victoria County Commissioners approved an updated fee schedule for the city-county health department Monday.

Dr. Bain Cate, director of the health department, said vaccination fees increased because the cost to buy them increased. As for food establishment and animal control fees, the increases help the county recover overhead cost, Cate said.

Hepatitis B immunizations requiring three doses and repeat series requested by patients will increase to $50 on Jan. 1. Last year, they were increased to $40 from $35.

Permanent and temporary food establishment permits now range from $100 to $240, depending on the number of employees.

On-site sewage facility permits, such as septic systems, will increase to $200 for residential and commercial. Reinspection fees will cost $80.

Animal control fees increased boarding an animal to $20 per day. Animal impoundment is also increasing to $25 for sterilized and vaccinated dogs and cats, $75 for unsterilized or unvaccinated dogs and cats and a $140 base fee for livestock plus labor costs.

Commissioners also honored a longstanding employee who is retiring at the end of the year with a resolution acknowledging his contributions and loyalty to the county.

After 27 years with Victoria County, Assistant District Attorney Michael Kelly goes back to private life Dec. 31.

"No matter what deadline or disaster loomed, Michael M. Kelly has never and will never be too busy to lend a hand, show any courtesy, be a friend or be a husband and father," County Judge Don Pozzi said.

Kelly has served as an assistant criminal district attorney since Jan. 1, 1987.

Before joining the county, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1965.

Pozzi said the attorney's efforts have enriched the lives of children. He called him a "good shepherd" and said Kelly's name has become "synonymous with 'good guy.'"

"I appreciate it," Kelly said. "Every day has been a joy."

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