The City of Johns Creek wants to use permits to turn your home into an additional revenue source. Without that permit you do not have the City’s “permission” to make repairs.
- an official document giving someone authorization to do something:“he is only in Britain on a work permit”
In a mere decade, residents who voted to become a city for local control of issues that mattered to them( Police, Fire, Traffic) are now seeing the City attempt to take local control of repairs inside their homes.
And that local control is coming with a price, as they demand your dollars and your time be in compliance with this questionable overreach of government authority.
The reasons behind this overreach? $$$$$
Have a look at the list of items Johns Creek is demanding you have a permit for(which means you will pay a fee and take your time to get approved, as well as be subject to an inspection inside of your home for the works done):
Installing a new cooktop in your home? Gonna need a permit.
A new bathroom fixture that will require you to modify your copper pipes? Gonna need a permit.
Replacing your furnace or AC unit? Gonna need a permit.
Water Heater? Gonna need a permit.
And so the list continues.
So we must conclude that this is yet another effort by the City of Johns Creek to squeeze more juice (or money) out of you. Property tax increases are unpopular. People pay attention to those. But tacking on an extra $50-75 dollars to residents one at a time seems to be a painless and palatable way for the City to generate more money.
Imagine for a moment that there are 33,000 homes with at least 33,000 water heaters. If they last ten years you are blessed. If the permit is $50, then the City of Johns Creek will collect $1,650,000 in revenue over ten years.
In other words, your community will pay $1.65 Million Dollars for permission from the City to replace your worn out appliances. We are not even going to calculate the time needed for compliance.
That’s the revenue from just water heaters.
Someone on Findley Road sat down with a PC and a spreadsheet and calculated just how much revenue they hope to generate, and odds are strong they already know where they want to spend it. We need to ask how much they anticipate this will generate over the next ten years. Then we should divide that by 33,000 households so you can have an estimate of how much additional revenue they hope to extract from your household.
Will that revenue be going towards anything or any issue dealing with water heaters and the problems they have generated in Johns Creek? Lowering your property taxes?
Of course not. No, this revenue will be steered to other purposes, which have nothing to do with water heaters or your homes.
These permits are going to drive the costs up for each and every repair you make. They are going to slow down the process for making the repairs you make,
Johns Creek has identified an item that they feel they have the authority to require you to get permission to replace, and then charge you a fee to generate revenue. The list above is full of items that fall into the same category.
Why? Because they can. Look at the bottom of the Building Permit Form:
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY Application Accepted by: Trades Required: □ Electrical □ Plumbing □ Mechanical □ Low Voltage □ Hood Notes: Administrative Fee: $__________ Plan Review Fee: $__________ Site Fee: $__________ Permit Fee: $_____________ Stop Work Penalty: $____________ Total Fee: $______________
Plan Review Fees
Is this why we became a City?
I think not.
When and where does it end? It will only end when the residents say that we have had enough.
Are we getting close?
Let us know what you think.