County may hike fees on autopsies, works permits

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If you're not a building contractor or a corpse, feel free to skip this: Allegheny County is set to raise fees on autopsies and public works permits.

County council's budget and finance committee tentatively approved the increases Tuesday, sending forward to the full council a package that could increase revenue by $800,000.

A full autopsy from the medical examiner's office will now cost $1,850 but comes with a free toxicology report. On the public works side, a permit issuance will now cost $80, tapping into the county storm sewer system will set you back $1,200 and inspections come in at $80 an hour, among other charges.

Many of the fees had not been updated for decades, county manager William McKain told the committee.

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