For the next six months, Mission Viejo Mayor Frank Ury wants to waive the city's home improvement fees for homeowners. Doing so would cost the city $85,000, according to his estimate.
If approved, the program would also waive city inspection fees through July 4, 2012.
Ury calls his proposal the "Improve, Don't Move" plan. He says it's based on similar programs in Anaheim, Corona, Orange and Tustin.
The proposal calls for taking the $85,000 cost to the city out of general fund reserves. Last year the city put a $1.8 million surplus back into general fund reserves.
In Anaheim and Corona, their building fee suspension programs lasted three months or less. Corona excluded swimming pools on the grounds that they are luxury items.
Tustin approved a program last year that will continue until $400,000 is spent in licensing fees.