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Byline: Keith Ervin
Nov. 10--King County's $144.90 hourly fee for processing land-use and building-permit applications has survived a judge's scrutiny in a class-action lawsuit.
But Snohomish County Superior Court Judge James Allendoerfer said it is "patently unreasonable" to charge that much for the work of a financial-records clerk, a job that requires only a high-school diploma or a GED.
Allendoerfer on Monday ordered the county to adopt a sliding scale so permit applicants don't pay as much for a clerk's time as they do for a licensed engineer or a wetlands biologist.
The judge also told the county to stop charging applicants for a …