user fee


Definition of user fee

: an excise tax often in the form of a license or supplemental charge levied to fund a public service

called also user's fee

Examples of user fee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bublr has been responsible for funding the cost of operations through earned user fees, advertising, sponsorship and charitable revenues. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bublr said it would pay all operational costs for its Wauwatosa rideshare program. Now it's requesting $32,000.," 12 Aug. 2019 Waukesha County's golf courses do not receive any taxpayer support, but instead are paid for through user fees, golf cart rentals and concessions. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 100 golfers met at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls to come up with ways to save it," 23 July 2019 Lamont and other supporters view tolls as a user fee that would partially be underwritten by out-of-state motorists. Daniela Altimari,, "Lamont administration working to retool its transportation funding strategy after toll plan stalls," 3 Sep. 2019 Cities that use a reservation system long-term could charge user fees to pay for it and to recoup any revenue lost from eliminating parking meters, a curbFlow spokeswoman said. Washington Post, "D.C. tests system that allows delivery drivers to reserve space at the curb," 2 Aug. 2019 Local governments generally finance their ambulance services through a mix of user fees and taxes. Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "Politicians Tackle Surprise Bills, but Not the Biggest Source of Them: Ambulances," 22 July 2019 Legislation introduced by Shaheen would force manufacturers to fund anti-vaping education and prevention efforts for teenagers through federal user fees. Washington Post, "E-cigarette giant Juul’s campaign donations favor Democrats," 2 Aug. 2019 Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Monday that all four insurers cited the elimination of an exchange user fee in their rate requests. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 Read More Thus stability and cost—Libra user fees are expected to be minimal—are likely to be its biggest draws, said Eswar Prasad, an economics professor at Cornell University. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Facebook Says Libra Can Change the World. It Needs to Convince Users.," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of user fee

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“User fee.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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