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Just be yourself and don’t compare

In just about every project we work on our client city asks for a fee comparison to neighboring cities. And just about every time we reply with the remark that fee comparisons are not useful. No two fee schedules are alike, and in the end, an examination of other fee schedules just proves this point.

So, it all goes back to what was stated in the first paragraph. Most cities look at fees from other cities and quickly realize it’s not a good comparison. We always tell our clients to be confident of the time allocated to provide their city services. That becomes the user fees that’s best for their community. As the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “[w]hen you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”