Steinbach city council is increasing the fees charged to developers.The capital development fee will rise this year from $500.00 per residential lot to $750.00. In 2010, it will rise to $1,000.00 followed by increases of at least 2 per cent per year after that. Councillor Michael Zwaagstra says the fee had been frozen at $500.00 for the past 30 years. And that led to taxpayers picking up an increasing share of costs for such things as future lagoon expansion, upgrading of streets and additional firefighting equipment. City council has given the bylaw first reading with final approval expected in the next month or two.