The Buckhannon City Council is looking to increase electrical installation and inspection fees, hoping the measure causes local property owners to have safety inspections performed in their homes.
City Attorney David McCauley suggested having a flat fee based on the square footage of the building subject to inspection. The city currently charges $15 for permits in buildings with 40 or fewer outlets and $25 for buildings with 40 to 80 outlets.
That revenue does not cover the cost of the city's electrical inspector, said Mayor Kenny Davidson. The city is required by law to have such an inspector, one whose skills and certification are beyond that of a regular electrician.
The fees have been the same since 1988, the year the original ordinance went into effect.
Zoning Officer Rich Clemons said the council hopes the measure prompts residents to have their homes inspected. He said safety is the main push for the ordinance, because if electrical work is improperly done, it can cause fires.
McCauley said he will submit the ordinance to the council within its next two or three meetings. The City Council is next scheduled to meet Aug. 16.