Johnston's effort to drop county fees by 10 percent fails

Mono County Supervisor Larry Johnston’s hopes that Mono County would reduce all the fees it charges county residents for services such as building permits by 10 percent fell on deaf ears at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Johnston said the vote, a 4-1 decision that adopted a package of fees, some of which were reduced but not all, was a disappointment.

“I would have liked to have supported some of the reductions that were in the package, but because it was all offered in a package deal, I didn’t have the opportunity,” he said.

Johnston has been arguing since he was elected two years ago that the county has not been responsive enough to the economic hardships facing county residents and reducing fees charged by the county was one way he said that hardship could be alleviated.