TAWAS CITY — Iosco County officials are exploring possibilities in reforming how its building inspections are handled, according to the Iosco County News.

Revenues for its building inspection team — the main source of which is inspection fees — have not been keeping up with the department's expenses, according to the News. The 2007 revenues were $269,735 and expenses were $293,461, according to its most recent financial report.

The county has raised its fees to help meet program expenses. Overall in Michigan, the number of new home permits issued has decreased 42 percent from 2007, according to Census Bureau figures.

Privatizing inspections was suggested by a county commissioner who was a builder himself, according to the County News.

Reference: "Contractors: Do not privatize building inspection," Iosco County News, Sept. 24, 2008