Latest News: January 2012

Impact fees dip $200K in Jefferson
Martinsburg Journal - January 28, 2012
Jefferson County collected $1,348,092 in impact fees during 2011, down from the $1,564,678 collected during 2010, according to the Annual Report on Impact Fees presented to the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday by Impact Fee Coordinator Mark Schiavone. Impact fees are paid ...

School district supports impact fee
KNDO/KNDU, WA - January 26, 2012
The Pasco school district wants the city council to consider possible impact fees to deal with the district's growth. The fees are being discussed by the city's planning commission, and would charge an unspecified amount to developers looking to build in the city. Pasco is one of the fastest ...

Town to receive reports on impact fees, utility rates
Tri Valley Central, AZ - January 26, 2012
The town of Florence has engaged consultants to perform a Utility Rate Study and a Development Impact Fee Study and Infrastructure Improvement Plan. Recent changes in Arizona Statutes relating to Development Impact Fees have created a need for the town to engage Duncan ...

Jefferson Countians can not afford fire/EMS fees
Martinsburg Journal, WV - January 25, 2012
Jefferson County faces numerous obstacles in the onset of 2012. Expenditures are growing out of control, county agencies and personnel are constantly demanding larger budgets and staffing needs, and residents can no longer afford to live in the community and area founded upon farming. ...

City to vote on ending transportation impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - January 25, 2012
The end may prove nigh for Kalispell’s 2-year-old transportation impact fees. With a tight 5-4 vote on a motion Monday, the Kalispell City Council set itself up to vote on a resolution to end the fees at its next regular meeting Feb. 6. “The transportation impact fee is broken, and the right ...

State audit questions how Lake Co. impact fees are spent
WFTV Orlando, FL - January 24, 2012
A new state audit is questioning how hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on Lake County schools. The state auditor general said school officials spent impact fee money on items they weren't allowed to. Up until last year, impact fees collected from the construction of new homes ...

Audit faults Lake public school finances
Orlando Sentinel, FL - January 23, 2012
A state audit that reviewed three years of financial activity for Lake County Schools found that the district misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for new school construction on things like gaming curriculum and software. The report, issued by the State Auditor General, found ...

Consultant explains how proposed impact fees would help Sherwood budget
Sherwood Voice, AR - January 23, 2012
The Texas consultant who last fall authored a study about how imposing impact fees would help Sherwood’s budget was on hand Tuesday to answer questions about the study. The visit by Jim Duncan, president of Duncan Associates of Austin, Texas, came less than a week before the Sherwood ...

Parkland imposes impact fees on new development
Sun-Sentinel, FL - January 20, 2012
With Parkland poised for substantial growth in the next few years, city officials have passed a law that requires developers to pay their proportionate share of the capital costs associated with providing additional infrastructure facilities. Leaders recently approved an ordinance that ...

Washington County weighs pros and cons of development tax
Daily Journal of Commerce, OR - January 20, 2012
There’s a thin line between love and hate, at least when it comes to Washington County’s Transportation Development Tax. Recently, the TDT – a system development charge assessed to businesses when they change the intended use of a building space – has spurred much debate. At the ...

Kalispell looks at impact fees
KPAX-TV, MT - January 18, 2012
Kalispell City Council members are constantly looking for ways to stimulate economic growth in Kalispell and on Tuesday night they discussed one way of trying to bring more business back into Kalispell, although it could come at a cost to taxpayers. Council members discussed whether they think the ...

Commissioners debate impact fees, Main Street, library district
Gainesville Sun (blog), FL - January 17, 2012
County commissioners continued to debate impact fees and a maintenance agreement for Main Street during a Tuesday informal meeting. Comm. Susan Baird also threw the property tax rate of the Alachua County Library District into the mix. On the impact fee issue, Commissioner ...

Volusia School Board members ready to end impact fees for 2 years
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - January 17, 2012
A deal to suspend collection of school impact fees in Volusia County for two years and end a longstanding legal challenge to them will go before the School Board today. A majority of School Board members said Monday they plan to support the deal to end the litigation and hope it will help ...

City to Audit of Impact Fee Collections
Patch.com, FL - January 13, 2012
By a 6-2 vote, St. Petersburg city council members approved an external audit of the city's transportation impact fee collections. Th call for an audit came following publicity of a $160,000 tax break that was given to the Hilton at Carillion hotel in 2003, which the city said was a mistake. ...

Fremont development impact fees reduced
Fremont Bulletin, CA - January 13, 2012
In an effort to attract new developments, Fremont City Council Dec. 13 unanimously approved extending a development impact fee reduction through the end of 2012. City of Fremont charges impact fees to fund traffic improvements, public buildings, fire stations and public parks related to ...

Polk City Council Extends Impact Fee Moratorium
The Ledger, FL - January 12, 2012
The City Council in Polk City has given initial approval to a one-year extension of an impact fee moratorium that will save builders of a new home $3,779. The council on Monday unanimously approved the ordinance that will extend the moratorium on municipal impact fees for police, fire, ...

Impact fee audit shows no problems with process
Lincoln Journal Star, NE - January 12, 2012
A special audit of the city's impact fee system found no problems with the process itself, the collection, distribution or spending of the fees. The $3,800 audit reviewed the collecting and spending system but did not look at the continuing political controversy: whether impact fees ...

Palm Coast backs off threat to sue county
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - January 12, 2012
City officials decided to extend an "olive branch" to the Flagler County Commission this week rather than smacking it over the head with a tree limb. City Council members opted not to file a lawsuit against Flagler County in an effort to nullify a county decision last month to release developer ...

In the wake of a $160000 mistake, St. Petersburg leaders order audit of impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - January 12, 2012
Seven years after a botched building permit gave the developers of the Hilton at Carillon Park a $160,000 tax break, the City Council decided Thursday to see if any other sizable breaks were awarded at taxpayer expense. The council voted 6-2 to approve an external audit of the city's ...

Council asked to end transportation impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, ID - January 11, 2012
At the request of new council member Phil Guiffrida III, the Kalispell City Council will hold a work session to discuss whether the city's transportation impact fees should be eliminated. Guiffrida, who took office Monday, asked for legislation to repeal the fees at the next regular council meeting ...

City Council approves impact-fee moratorium
Santa Fe New Mexican.com, NM - January 11, 2012
The Santa Fe City Council on Wednesday agreed to a two-year moratorium on impact fees for residential construction, reducing city revenues by an estimated $350,000 a year. Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger, who co-sponsored the ordinance with Councilors Matthew Ortiz and ...

Independent audit of tax breaks needed
Tampabay.com, FL - January 9, 2012
St. Petersburg taxpayers still have no idea whether a trio of unauthorized tax breaks granted to hotel developers by the city's building department under the last mayor were an aberration or a symptom of something far more serious. And they can't trust City Hall staff to get to the bottom ...

St. Petersburg council member seeks broad audit of impact fees, taxes
TampaBay.com, FL - January 7, 2012
With new details emerging about how developers of the Hilton at Carillon Park were wrongly given a $160,000 tax break, council members are becoming increasingly uneasy with the city's handling of the case.  "At some point, somebody should be held accountable," said Wengay Newton. ...

Editorial: Port St. Lucie gambles with taxpayers' future by reducing impact fees
TCPalm, FL - January 5, 2012
Port St. Lucie hopes to lure businesses and jobs to the city by offering rebates on city road impact fees charged to developers. While the goal may be admirable, the reduction in impact fees could put an increased burden on other taxpayers to pay for road construction projects needed ...

Coupeville refunds park impact fees
Whidbey News-Times, WA - January 5, 2012
Several Coupeville property owners received an unexpected gift courtesy of the town. Coupeville is refunding $13,000 in total park impact fees to 14 property owners. The refund stems from a situation concerning a quarter-block-long stretch of sidewalk on Coveland Street that was installed ...

County nixes impact fees
Fernandina Beach News-Leader, FL - January 5, 2012
Due to an ailing economy, Nassau County Commissioners have voted to extend the suspension of impact fee collection by one year starting Jan. 1, and they have asked the school board and the city of Fernandina Beach to follow suit. Impact fees are charged to developers and used to help pay ...

Port Orange OKs impact fee moratorium
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - January 4, 2012
After much debate, city leaders agreed to a minimal impact fee moratorium on new residential construction for a year starting March 1. The City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the parks and recreation fee by $250 and the fire impact fee by $100, something Councilman Don Burnette ...

Schools, cities continue to disagree on impact fees
SnoValley Star, WA - January 4, 2012
They may not count as new year's resolutions, but the two municipalities and the school district in the Snoqualmie Valley know exactly what it is they want for 2012. The Snoqualmie Valley School District wants to know if it can count on impact fee revenue from the cities of North Bend and ...

Lake Worth loosens parking impact fees in downtown area
Palm Beach Post, FL - January 3, 2012
Business owners interested in moving to Lake Worth are less likely to pay parking impact fees under an ordinance approved tonight by the city commission. The ordinance eliminates the $7,500-per-space parking impact fee for businesses that move into existing buildings in some areas ...

 
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