The City of Clayton annually reviews existing user benefit and facility/park rental fees to ensure they are set appropriately to cover costs attributable to providing the underlying services. Generally, all existing fees, excluding refundable deposits, are recommended for increase by the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward April to April Consumer Price Index (CPI) growth rate as published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase allows the City to recover organizational year-to-year inflationary and economic cost increases.
It has been the practice of the City to only adopt fee increases in whole dollar increments. As such, staff does not recommend individual fee increases resulting from annual CPI growth until the resulting fee increase equals or exceeds one whole dollar. In circumstances where the prior year CPI adjustment did not result in a fee increase, a two year CPI rate is applied in the current year to ascertain whether a fee increase should be recommended.