Washington County, Minnesota, provides a wide range of services to its residents. To control expenditures, distribute costs equitably, and recoup some of the expense to provide these services, user fees have been established. Since many of the services provided by the county have a level of public benefit included in them, the full price to deliver many services will not be charged to the user. When a single user can be identified as the sole benefactor of a government service, the full cost of that service will be charged.
It is the county's policy to determine and inform users of the full cost to deliver a service, regardless of the amount recovered through the user fee.