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 Why not just add a user fee to cover the costs of dedicated policing, which would enable the city to respond to noise and parking violations? Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Should San Diego approve limits on the number of short-term vacation rentals?," 11 Dec. 2020 Oddly enough, the IRS does have a user fee of $600 for Form 1023. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Trump keeps calling $750 tax payment a 'filing fee'. Experts say there's no such thing," 23 Oct. 2020 The public hearing will focus on pool access and user fees. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands board may finalize initial swimming pool openings," 26 May 2020 Hales and Novick brought several funding proposals before the City Council, including user fees charged to businesses and households, before settling on a 10-cent gas tax. oregonlive, "Portland voters renew 10-cent gas tax measure for 4 years: Oregon election results," 20 May 2020 One-third of the Port Authority’s revenue is derived from passenger tolls, fares and user fees. Martin Z Braun,, "NYC Airports’ 96% Traffic Plunge Threatens Local Financial Pain," 10 May 2020 The user fees would be $20 for an annual permit or $5 for a one-day permit, a news release said. USA TODAY, "Retiring 102-year-old, Mississippi’s bad dam, snowplow strike: News from around our 50 states," 16 Jan. 2020 The rationale for the rate increase and new user fee was the fact that the city’s Capital Fund had been subsidizing the sewers to the tune of about $2 million annually in recent years, Shaker Public Works Director Patti Speese said. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker Heights proceeds with issue of $3.4 million in notes for street, sewer improvements," 14 Apr. 2020 The airport is entirely funded by user fees; no property tax dollars are used for the airport’s capital improvements or for its day-to-day operation. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mitchell Airport becomes the only major U.S airport to allow travelers to check their coats before they leave for warm destinations," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of user fee

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“User fee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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