Fiscal Years 2021-2022 Budget Proposals: Fines and Fees
Citations and Fines
Fines have been adjusted based on the SFMTA’s Automatic Indexing Implementation Plan (AIIP), except for nuisance fines marked with an asterisk (*), or fines that are aligned with Vison Zero and Transit First goals, which are marked with two asterisks (**). Nuisance fines have been reduced, held constant, or raised at a rate lower than the automatic inflator to maintain stratification compared to more serious infractions. Fines aligned with Vison Zero and Transit First goals have been increased at a rate higher than the automatic inflator to discourage adverse behaviors. All fines are subject to maximum amounts permitted by California state law.
Cost Recovery Fees
All cost recovery fees are calculated based on a cost recovery methodology in which revenues from fees may not exceed the sum labor and non-labor costs for the SFMTA to provide each program, per California 1996 Proposition 218, California Constitution Article XIII C and California Constitution Article XIII D.
Cost recovery program labor costs were calculated by surveying the total staff hours utilized to run each program in FY 2019; these total staff hours were used as the basis to project labor costs for FY 2021 and FY 2022. Labor costs, benefits, and overhead costs were increased according to SFMTA’s labor agreements. Program costs also account for any known programmatic or policy changes where it is reasonable to assume that these changes will lead to increased or decreased costs. AIIP is applied to select cost recovery programs to increase fees at a rate no higher than increased costs to the agency, in order to meet SFMTA’s policy goals.