Tonight: Portola Valley hearing on fee hikes


The Portola Valley Town Council is holding a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road to consider a proposed increase in fees for the use of the community hall.

Town staff have said that a principal concern is that the town's fees are so low that they might be undermining the fee structures for similar facilities at local churches.

Under the plan, room rental fees would jump sharply. A resident wanting to hold a memorial service today would pay $100 for the community hall, and $75 for one of the activity rooms.

After surveying rates for nearby similar facilities, staff would boost the fee for the community hall to $1,000, an increase of 567 percent, and the activity room fee to $200, up 167 percent.

■ Click here for an earlier Almanac story on this topic.

■ Click here for the staff report.

Also on the agenda: A proposal to decorate Town Center with tiles that were painted by kids at Ormondale School many years ago, and the possible suspension of construction-traffic road fees.

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