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 Assuming existing city resources are inadequate or otherwise allocated, the city should press the state to seek user fees to replace diminishing gas taxes, given the ever increasing number of electric vehicles on the road whose owners circumvent this tax. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Wilson noted that the public portion of the funding will come from user fees and taxes collected within the new arena development — not from taxpayers across the city or state. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 The hospital group has failed to pay the state its share of what is known as the health provider tax or hospital user fee, which requires every hospital, nursing home and other health care providers to pay the state a tax annually based on its revenues. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 And even potential user fees or other funding sources are up in the air. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 18 Aug. 2022 Lawmakers also included a reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee agreements for five years, which ensures the agency can continue critical product safety reviews and won’t need to issue pink slips for thousands of employees working on drug and medical device applications. Kevin Freking, ajc, 30 Sep. 2022 No new start date has been announced because Mitchell, which is entirely funded by user fees, is still working to recover from the financial blow of the pandemic. Beck Andrew Salgado, Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2023 The free weeks could cause funding shortfalls for the landfill, which is paid for by user fees, Jeff Smith, the borough’s solid waste manager, told the assembly earlier this summer. Amy Bushatz, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2023 Daniels is one of those convinced that some sort of user fee for motorists is inevitable. Scott Sonner, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of user fee was in 1967

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“User fee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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