Latest News: October 2009

Impact fee cuts could cost Hernando schools $630000
Tampabay.com, FL - October 31, 2009
To the majority of School Board members, giving up some impact fee money is a worthy sacrifice for the good of the county's economy. Now, with some sense of the actual cost, board members have to decide whether the County Commission's idea of an economic ...

Hernando County's rush to cut impact fees is short-sighted
Tampabay.com, FL - October 31, 2009
Hernando County's reckless rush to forgive future impact fee payments as an economic stimulus is short-sighted and could lead to increased traffic congestion. In a matter of just minutes, the commission's debate last week turned from giving a break to ...

County officials outline priorities
Osceola News-Gazette, FL - October 30, 2009
With Florida positioned for another economically bleak year, Osceola County and other local governments vying for financial support from the state are at risk of not receiving much help once the new legislative session kicks off in March.  According to state Rep. ...

San Jose Provides Model for Bay Area Growth and Transportation Needs
Streetsblog San Francisco (blog), CA - October 30, 2009
In our ongoing coverage of the adverse affects of trafffic engineer's over-reliance on automobile level of service (LOS) measurements, we've examined how new amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would allow local jurisdictions ...

Park impact fee jumps 52%
Indianapolis Star, IN - October 29, 2009
A 52 percent increase to a fee associated with new home construction is expected to boost Greenwood's park and recreation amenities as the city expands.   At least one city official is wary of taking more money from future residents' pockets as a recession ...

Don't flush community trust over sewer rate increase
Gulf Breeze News, AL - October 29, 2009
Twice in the last week, I've been involved in sewer rate increase debates during social occasions. Sewer is not a normal topic of conversation, and somewhere along the line, the real reason for the conversation – and the controversy itself I believe – came out. ...

Eric Ernst: This fee has unfair impact on restaurant's expansion
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - October 28, 2009
Rick Shea thought he'd bring in a little extra business to his New Faull Inn restaurant in Grove City. He fenced in the vacant land next to his building, set up tables, hired musicians and opened the area for food and drinks from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays. That was ...

Impact fee reduction may include commercial
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 28, 2009
To jumpstart the economy even more, county commissioners Tuesday voted 5-0 to expand its impact fee reduction plan from solely residential to add commercial and industrial construction. The vote calls for a public hearing on the matter, scheduled for ...

Controversial bill may get 2nd look
Charleston Post Courier, SC - October 27, 2009
A referendum might be in the works on the controversial 15 percent property tax cap approved by voters only three years ago.  State Sen. Mike Rose, R- Summerville, is considering attaching a call for referendum on a bill passed by the House of Representatives ...

Impact fees questioned for Bearizona
Williams Grand Canyon News, AZ - October 27, 2009
Developers for the planned Bearizona theme park in Williams faced a hurdle at the recent meeting of Williams City Council, held Oct. 22 at city hall. That hurdle came as council members questioned impact fees for the proposed animal park in the form of credits that ...

Hernando considering residential, commercial, industrial impact fee cuts
Tampabay.com, FL - October 27, 2009
County commissioners next month will consider cutting not just residential impact fees but the fees for commercial and industrial construction as well. A public hearing will be held Nov. 10 on the reductions, which are seen by some in the building industry as a ...

Watchdog claims $15000 accounting error at Hartsel Fire
Fairplay Flume, CO - October 22, 2009
The Hartsel Fire Protection committed a $15,000 accounting error on its impact fees account, according to comments made by Monica Jones at the Hartsel Fire Board meeting on Oct. 14. Jones, who has been serving as spokeswoman for ACT, Accountability Citizens ...

District 86 likely to waive developer fees
Suburban Life Publications, IL - October 22, 2009
Hinsdale Township High School District 86’s Board of Education will consider a request from Clarendon Hills to waive fees related to the proposed expansion of a retirement community — but not before the board gets additional information from the developer. During a ...

Harford's Impact Fee Debate Sparks Tea Party Revolt/Rift
The Dagger, MD - October 20, 2009
A bill to repeal Harford County’s impact fee created some strange bedfellows when it was first introduced by Dion Guthrie, a Democrat representing Edgewood and Joppatowne and Chad Shrodes, a Republican representing the rural north.  Now, the repeal effort ...

Vail on fees: yes and no
Vail Daily News - Vail,CO,USA - October 20, 2009
Communities around Colorado charge fire impact fees to make sure new growth pays its way for town services, but Vail says the timing isn't right to start charging now. Vail town staff showed the Vail Town Council a comparison of various local impact fees and...

St. Lucie Commission debate the merits of increasing impact fees on new homes
Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL - October 20, 2009
County commissioners on Tuesday questioned whether raising or lowering impact fees had any effect on the construction industry as they discussed following staff recommendations to raise the fees nearly $3,000 for new homes. Impact fees are taxes designed ...

Dorchester, Charlestonschool issues face tests
Charleston Post Courier, SC - October 19, 2009
Home builders, who have a powerful lobby in this state, have been particularly successful over the years in thwarting efforts to impose development impact fees for schools. But they lost one this past legislative session. Now they are trying to recoup that loss in ...

Traffic impact fee affects consumers, so make it fair
Bakersfield Californian, CA - October 19, 2009
The Home Builders Association of Kern County has and will always be a defender of the consumer. After all, that is who buys the houses the various builders provide the community. I am not a builder but am informed about the nonprofit HBA, which protects the rights ...

Builders: Impact fee plan flawed
St. Augustine Record, FL - October 18, 2009
The St. Johns County Commission plans the second and final public hearing Tuesday to hear public comment on its new impact fee deferral plan, but a spokesman for local builders said Saturday that the plan probably won't work. Ed Paucek, representing the St. ...

La Quinta holds off on developer fee hike
The Desert Sun, CA - October 15, 2009
In an effort to assist with the struggling building industry in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta city officials decided to wait on a fee hike that could compromise current and future projects.  The La Quinta City Council voted 5-0 Oct. 6 to continue deferral of the city's ...

County strips Beaumont of sales-tax money for road repairs
Press Enterprise, CA - October 15, 2009
Riverside County transportation officials stripped Beaumont of its sales-tax money for road repairs, continuing a feud among regional officials and the city over impact fees.  The money from the county half-cent sales tax, an estimated $470,000 meant for maintenance ...

St. Lucie County may hike impact fees on new houses by $3000
Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL - October 15, 2009
The impact fee for the developer on a new single-family home in mainland St. Lucie County — a cost often passed on to the customer — could be rising by almost $3,000 on April 1. Impact fees are taxes designed to pay for the demands on parks, public buildings, law ...

Bruce: Who Should Pay For New Schools?
The Dagger, MD - October 15, 2009
Do you support a tax increase to pay for recently-built schools? Should Red Pump Elementary School or other school construction projects be stopped? If your answer is NO to either of these, then oppose Bill 09-29, School Development Impact Fee, because this ...

Hernando County may reduce impact fees to help jump-start home building
Tampabay.com, Fl - October 14, 2009
Hoping to breathe life into the flagging building industry, the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday seemed poised to cut residential impact fees in half for a year, and possibly longer. Under a proposal that will move to a public hearing and more discussion ...

Legislature should call the League's bluff on impact fee lawsuit threat
American Daily, AZ - October 14, 2009
The Arizona League of Cities recently threatened to file a lawsuit because the Arizona Legislature imposed a two-year moratorium on development impact fees during Governor Brewer's special session. The League argues that the fee freeze is unconstitutional ...

Tea Party Against Impact Fee, “This Tax Isn't About Schools, It's about jobs."
The Dagger, MD - October 13, 2009
Since July 2005, the Harford County government has levied an Impact Tax on every new home construction permit. The idea of the Impact Tax seems noble enough- the money raised from the tax goes into the Harford County Public Schools Capital Budget account ...

Proposal would cut impact fees by $4289
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 13, 2009
Saying they need to do something to spark the economy, county commissioners on Tuesday proposed rolling back single-family impact fees to 2001 levels and giving homeowners an option to either pay them all upfront or set up a payment plan spread over an ...

Impact fee deferral gets traction
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 13, 2009
County commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to schedule a hearing Nov. 10 to discuss adopting an ordinance that would allow commercial and industrial builders to defer payment of impact fees that total in excess of $25,000 for up to three years. Commissioners ...

Proposed impact fees, projects topics of Dewey-Humboldt meeting Tuesday
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - October 11, 2009
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council and the municipality's ad hoc Capital Improvement Program Committee will conduct a joint meeting this week for a public hearing on the town's proposed development impact fees.  Tuesday at 3 p.m. inside Town Hall, 2735 S. Highway...

Suspending impact fees shouldn't be Hernando County's only option
Tampabay.com, FL - October 11, 2009
When the Hernando County Commission sits down Tuesday afternoon to ponder its impact fees, it needs a broader discussion beyond consideration of a builder-endorsed moratorium.  Builders are proposing a one-year suspension of the nearly $9,200 fee for a ...

Hernando County home builders urge County Commission to cut impact fees
Tampabay.com - October 11, 2009
Faced with a virtual standstill in their industry — one that has long bolstered Hernando County's economy — local home builders hope the County Commission can provide them with a stimulus package they say they need to get back on their feet.. The builders ...

Plan would defer commercial impact fee payments
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 9, 2009
County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a plan that would allow commercial and industrial builders to defer payment of impact fees that total in excess of $25,000 for up to three years. County officials hope this will act as an incentive to spur development ...

Impact fee freeze runs hot, cold
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 8, 2009
When it comes to lowering or suspending impact fees, there will always be two opposing schools of thought. This latest proposal from a local builder, calling for a temporary fee freeze, is no different. County commissioners will discuss it at Tuesday's county ...

Cape board asks BPW to lower water fee
Cape Gazette, DE - October 8, 2009
The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education is seeking a reduction in a Lewes Board of Public Works $249,000 water and sewer utility impact fee for the new high school.  Camilla Conlon, school board president, says the fee is too high and there are ...

Vancouver will halt some fee hikes
The Columbian, WA - October 8, 2009
Vancouver City Manager Pat McDonnell announced Thursday that in light of the continuing recession, the city will suspend planned increases in several fees that had been scheduled to go into effect next year.  "We are aware that these measures will impact our ...

Greeley council puts brakes on development fee increase
Greeley Tribune, CO - October 7, 2009
The Greeley City Council on Tuesday night scrapped a proposed change to development fees that would direct funds to transportation, drainage and trails projects.  The council unanimously voted to deny the ordinance, which would have phased in the ...

County to mull impact fee freeze
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 7, 2009
Supporters of a short-term moratorium on impact fees got some high-level backing Tuesday when the school board voted 4-1 to at least consider the possibility.  But the heavy lifting on the matter will come Tuesday, when county commissioners sit down formally to discuss ...

Kalispell has two openings on impact-fee panel
Daily Inter Lake, MT - October 7, 2009
The city of Kalispell is looking for applicants for two openings on its Impact Fee Committee.  One opening was created with the recent resignation of Gerald Reckin, a general representative on the committee.  The second opening must be filled by a certified ...

County mulls payment plan for impact fee
St. Augustine Record, FL - October 7, 2009
Trying to attract new business and industry to St. Johns County, the County Commission on Tuesday began a process that the board believes should lower the sticker shock some businesses feel when they learn how much they'd need to pay to move here.  The ...

Homestead traffic light may eat up most impact fee funds
Pahrump Valley Times, NV - October 7, 2009
Nye County Assistant County Manager Pam Webster released the impact fee figures Tuesday, during a meeting of the Pahrump Regional Planning District Capital Improvements Plan Advisory Committee. While about 20 interested residents -- which included members ...

Trillium weighs in against dropping impact fees
Blaine Northern Light, WA - October 7, 2009
Blaine's largest developer has considered the city of Blaine's proposal to eliminate development impact fees and has decided it doesn't like the idea.  In a letter dated September 28, vice president for development Chris Benner told the city that the Trillium ...

Hernando School Board switches stance to back impact fee cut
Tampabay.com, FL - October 6, 2009
They stopped short of supporting a moratorium on collecting impact fees, but School Board members did say Tuesday they are willing to go with a little less revenue.  The board voted 4 to 1 at its workshop to send that message to the County Commission. The commission, ...

County Commission gives new church an $82670 break
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - October 5, 2009
A church, moving from within the city of Grand Junction to 33 acres in unincorporated Mesa County, is the first to successfully challenge Mesa County's transportation impact fee since the fee was established in 2005, according to Ken Simms, senior transportation...

Cities, homebuilders differ over impact fees
East Valley Tribune, AZ - October 5, 2009
A homebuilders association official maintains that a two-year freeze on raising development impact fees or any new related fees would provide some stability to a battered homebuilding industry. But East Valley leaders say the move sets a bad precedent toward existing ...

Vote eliminates 'double dip' for road impact fees
The Coloradan, CO - October 3, 2009
The board, after some discussion, passed an amended ordinance 5-2 that eliminates double-dipping, or the process by which the town is able to collect road impact fees twice from the same location in a short period of time. Town board member Michael Kelly and ...

Chino Valley council examines regional impact fee study
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - October 3, 2009
The Chino Valley Town Council will discuss a regional impact fee and buy-in fee study at its special study session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at 1020 W. Palomino Road. This study, a town official said, is intended to identify the hierarchy of fees in the ...

Town Council hears impact fee report
Pinedale Roundup - October 3, 2009
The Pinedale Town Council was presented with the results of an impact fee study at its meeting on Monday. The study was conducted by TischlerBise, a fiscal, economic and planning consulting firm with bases both on the east and west coasts. If implemented ...

Impact fees here to stay
Ponte Vedra Recoder, FL - October 2, 2009
Impact fees will remain in place but the structure and application of the fees may change following a review ordered by St. Johns County Commissioners. The decision came in a special hearing Tuesday, one in which commissioners considered suspending impact fees to spur ...

 
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