Latest News: October 2012
Schools' impact fees still in limbo
Hernando Today, FL - October 31, 2012
County commissioners are split on whether to allow the school district to collect impact fees next year or wait for roughly another year to do so pending the results of a fee study. Both of those options are also pending commissioners' decision on whether they wish to levy impact fees at all following ...
Editorial: Impact fee moratorium in Fort Pierce unlikely to have much positive effect
TCPalm, FL - October 31, 2012
Local governments should do what they can to stimulate the economy and create jobs. But, that doesn't mean they should do so at the expense of taxpayers who have enough burdens of their own. Earlier this month, the Fort Pierce City Commission imposed a one-year moratorium on impact ...
School Board urges Hernando County commissioners to reinstate impact fees
Tampa Bay Times, FL - October 31, 2012
Hernando School Board members made their pitch to the County Commission on Tuesday, saying the reinstatement of impact fees for educational facilities would be an investment in the future. But by the end of the rare workshop of the two boards, it was clear that each was divided in their views ...
Impact fees still under review
Hernando Today, FL - October 28, 2012
School board members are putting their previous agitation over county commissioners' decision to suspend impact fee collections last year aside in hopes they can see eye-to-eye on bringing the fees back. School board members and county commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the ...
Impact Fee Policy Senseless
Linclon Journal Star, NE - October 26, 2012
The current impact fee policy makes about as much sense as exempting movie theater popcorn from sales taxes to help out the average popcorn-eating moviegoer. To not tax land developers for their share of the input cost means you are shifting the city’s development cost onto the average ...
Proposed Impact Fees More Equitable for All
Albuquerque Journal, NM - October 25, 2012
The current system is so complicated and arcane that most builders or developers would probably scratch their heads and run for the nearest city planner or the nearest other city. The city imposes the fees to cover the costs —— the "impacts" —— of putting in infrastructure to support ...
Restaurant loses appeal of traffic impact fee
ReadingEagle.com, PA - October 24, 2012
An East Cocalico Township restaurant has unsuccessfully appealed a township traffic impact fee that officials say should generate $6 million in revenues from developers over the next 20 years to fund major road projects. The traffic impact fee, based on the amount of traffic a project creates, ...
Debate building over impact fees in Hampton
SeacoastOnline.com, NH - October 14, 2012
With the economy picking up and developments on the rise, Town Manager Fred Welch wants the Planning Board to take another look into demanding additional impact fees from those who want to build in town. Currently, the town only charges a $3,500 school impact fee for each new development, ...
Curb North files suit over impact fees
Rio Rancho Observer, NM - October 14, 2012
A developer has filed a $5.6 million lawsuit against the City of Rio Rancho over the impact fee moratorium. Curb North Inc., which developed Cabezon, served the city with the suit Oct. 12, Acting City Manager James Babin said at the city governing body meeting Wednesday. On Sept. 12, ...
Cabezon Developer Sues Rio Rancho Over Impact Fee Moratorium
Albuquerque Journal, NM - October 12, 2012
Developer Curb North Inc. has slapped city of Rio Rancho with a $5.6 million lawsuit over the two-year impact fee moratorium. The company repeatedly warned councilors of their intention to sue before the council took the action on Sept. 26. The measure reduced the fees the city charges ...
Flagler County impact-fee moratorium goes into effect
Jacksonville Business Journal, FL - October 12, 2012
A moratorium on several impact fees in Flagler County went into effect Thursday. On Oct. 1, the county commission approved the moratorium on fees collected on all permits submitted to the county, the city of Bunnell, the town of Beverly Beach and the city of Flagler Beach exempting them ...
In Palm Coast, the End of a 90% Building Permit Discount Will Affect Thousands
Flaglerlive.com, FL - October 11, 2012
Whenever a builder puts up a house or a business, the builder must pay a one-time tax, called an impact fee. The fees are designed to pay for new developments' demands for roads, schools, parks and similar infrastructure. The fees can be steep: they total more than $15,000 for a single-family ...
Supervisors approve big developer fee cut
UT San Diego, CA - October 11, 2012
Developers in San Diego County’s backcountry received a large boost this week when the Board of Supervisors drastically cut a set of fees some blame for stymieing rural development. With Wednesday’s unanimous vote, Board Chairman Ron Roberts said the board had corrected “one of the ...
Divided Brewer City Council changes rules on impact fees
Bangor Daily News, ME - October 10, 2012
In a 3-2 decision, the Brewer City Council changed the land-use code Tuesday night so that it can now bring forward for council action impact-fee adjustments without the city manager’’s approval. "It’’s my belief —— if it’s not broke, don’’t fix it," Mayor Jerry Goss said just before voting ...
Collier County School Tax-Neutral Flexible Funding Referendum
NaaplesNews.com, FL - October 10, 2012
You may be inclined to support the Collier County School Tax-Neutral Flexible Funding Referendum, but you should have the full facts for an informed decision. Approval would authorize the school district to increase the operating fund tax rate by .25 mill and decrease the capital fund ...
Council extends impact fee reduction
TheSpectrum.com, UT - October 10, 2012
The Cedar City Council extended a 15 percent temporary reduction of impact fees for two moreyears Wednesday night. The fee reduction, implemented a year ago, was scheduled to "sunset" Nov. 5. Impact fees are charged for new development so the costs of new development in terms ...
City corrects school impact fee error as it argues to lower amount for developers
Snohomish News, WA - October 9, 2012
The city says it overcharged 16 developers for school mitigation fees. Developers pay a school impact mitigation fee based on the type of housing unit they plan to build, which then goes to the Monroe School District. The fee is intended to offset some of the impact the population increase ...
Albuquerque City Council to mull impact fee change
Albuquerque Journal, NM - October 8, 2012
The Albuquerque City Council is considering whether to abandon a key principle behind the city's current impact-fee system and instead simplify the way City Hall determines how much to charge developers for the parks, roads and other infrastructure needed to accommodate new growth. ...
Morgantown mayor suggests WVU student fee to hire more responders following post-game fires
The Republc, IN - October 8, 2012
Mayor Jim Manilla says Morgantown needs more police officers and firefighters to deal with street fires and other incidents following West Virginia University sports events, and the students should help pay the cost of hiring them. Manilla tells media outlets that he is considering asking the ...
Supervisors eye dramatic cuts to developer fees
North County Times, CA - October 8, 2012
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday is poised to dramatically reduce a set of developer fees that some say have strangled commercial development in the backcountry. The board approved the costly transportation impact fees in April 2005 to ensure the county had enough ...
City Considers Makeover For Impact Fees
Albuquerque Journal, NM - October 8, 2012
A proposal heading to the City Council this month would abandon a key principle behind Albuquerque’s current impact-fee system —— that it should cost more to build in newly developing areas like the West Mesa. Instead, the ordinance would vastly simplify the way City Hall ...
Keep impact fee moratorium in down economy
Tampa Bay Times, FL - October 7, 2012
The editorial stated "Hernando commissioners are being asked to subsidize a private, for-profit special interest" regarding an upcoming vote for the continued suspension of impact fees. This editorial is severely misinformed. We don't blame the writer for this confusion because this type of ...
HBA thanks City of Rogersville for impact fee reduction
southcountymail.com, MO - October 4, 2012
The Chief Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield expressed gratitude for the city temporarily reducing its impact fees by 75 percent. “I know the home builders are very grateful for the reduction on the impact fees,” said Matt Morrow, at Monday's meeting ...
The flawed concepts behind county impact fees
CDA.com, ID - October 4, 2012
There are many reasons the Kootenai County impact fee program should be suspended and the collected amounts refunded to those who paid them - so many I cannot dive into them all in this brief column. I'll limit my observations to a few points and begin by stating, I have read the Idaho ...
CDA.com, ID - October 4, 2012
The Mica-Kidd Island Fire District figured it would have about $50,000 from impact fees to apply toward a new station by now, but it turns out nothing was collected. That's because an agreement signed by the fire district board about a year ago never made it to the county commissioners ...
Casa Grande: Impact fee fund drops by $4M over past year
trivalleycentral.com, AZ - October 3, 2012
Casa Grande collected $1,214,111 in development impact fees during the fiscal year that ended June 30, slightly below the $1,519,152 the previous year and a far cry from the $16,128,074 brought in as the construction boom continued in the 2005-06 fiscal year. Development impact fees ...
Sarasota County School Board extends impact fee moratorium
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - October 2, 2012
School Board members decided Tuesday to waive school impact fees for another two years, a move they hope will help the economy. The board unanimously approved extending the moratorium on fees collected from new residences. The County Commission must also approve the ...
County issues two-year stop on impact fees
Palm Coast Observer, FL - October 2, 2012
The larger-than-usual audience erupted in applause Monday after the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of a two-year moratorium on the transportation facilities impact fee and parks and recreation impact fees. Starting Oct. 10, those who wish to build a ...
Flagler County OKs impact fee moratorium,
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - October 1, 2012
The Flagler County Commission voted 4-1 Monday to approve an impact fee moratorium that will go into effect Oct. 10 for two years. In a separate action, commissioners also voted 4-1 to levy a half-cent "Small County" sales tax to help expand the county jail. Commissioner Alan Peterson cast ...
Impact Fees: What They Are, Who Pays Them, How Much
Flaglerlive.com, FL - October 1, 2012
Impact fees are a one-time tax imposed on all new residential and commercial construction by local governments to defray the cost of growth’s “impact” on vital services such as schools, parks, roads, ambulance and fire service and other infrastructure needs. The rationale behind impact ...
As Flagler Governments Consider Impact Fee Cut, Evidence of Economic Benefit Is Slim
FlaglerLive.com, FL - October 1, 2012
Monday morning, the Flagler County Commission will be taking action on two of the most consequential issues it will have faced all year. One is to unilaterally impose an indefinite halfcent sales surtax after the commission sensed that voters might not agree to renew a similar levy ...
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