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City’s job is to burden tenants

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I am a commercial broker. As part of my job, I help tenants and owners come to terms on sales and leasing of commercial space. Increasingly, it appears that local municipalities, including the city of Rocklin have made it their job to burden tenants and owners with regulations and fee structures that prevent business in one of the most difficult business climates that many have ever experienced. For example, I recently received a call from an existing business owner wanting to expand her daycare. The parcel of interest would require the owner to build a building, and she would likely require more employees (think jobs). The city tells me that the fees alone will cost $19,106 before the cost of building permits and connection fees. While I understand that fees are a necessary evil, I am talking about a zoning that will allow a liquor store, bar or arcade, but will charge nearly $20K extra to permit a business benefiting the community to be constructed on a parcel with no adjacent neighbors. These fees will kill the deal, as the increase in time and expense will not be able to be recaptured. Municipalities need to find a way to promote the right businesses, not deter hardworking people who ultimately benefit the community. Andrew Skinner, Parker Stevenson Brokerage Co., Inc.