Bridgeport may raise cash by increasing fees

(AP) - Bridgeport officials are looking at raising more fees for all sorts of services to make a dent in a projected $20 million deficit.The

BRIDGEPORT - (AP) - Bridgeport officials are looking at raising more fees for all sorts of services to make a dent in a projected $20 million deficit.

The proposed increases include charging owners $150 when theirdogs leave a mess on a sidewalk or if they are found roaming atlarge.

Proposals also included increasing fees for loitering, carryinga weapon, selling live poultry, building new sidewalks, erectingsigns and parking violations.

Last month, the City Council agreed to increase more than 130fees and fines in an effort to pump an estimated $1.5 million intothe city's budget.

Those fees included higher costs for business licenses, parkingviolations, contractor licenses, building permits, burglar alarmsand massage and barbershop licenses.

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