I believe the term you are thinking of, particularly in terms of
government charging for provided services, is a "user fee".
Doing a quick search of google for user fee (
://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=user+fee ) I come
accross a number of government related websites using the phrase in
the context that you mentioned.
Some example titles are:
"IRS Proposes to Charge a User Fee to Process Offers-in..." (
www.irs.gov/businesses/small/ article/0,,id=102656,00.html )
"Why is Isle Royale National Park collecting a user fee? ... The
parks user fee is needed to address funding shortages which have
accumulated for some time" ( www.nps.gov/isro/fee.htm )
"Camping [User Fee]; Boat Launch Ramps [Day-Use Fee..." (
I hope this is what you are looking for. If it is not, please let me
know with a clarification and I will get back to work on this one.
Clarification of Answer by
27 May 2003 12:46 PDT
I did a quick search of "self sufficient law enforcement" (
), and though the links weren't quite as good as for "User Fee", I
found one interesting one.
"Alcohol Epidemiology Program: News" (
It says here about a program used to stop alcohol sellers from serving
to minors "After initial funding, alcohol outlet enforcement is
self-sufficient, paid by fines on outlets selling/serving to minors or
A somewhat less used term would be "abuser fee", which in my searching
was used occasionally to describe what you seem to be looking for.
If this isn't what you're looking for let me know, and I'll keep
digging. Any other context you can put this in might help me think of
a few more keywords to look for.