Latest News: November 2008

Transportation impact fee up for discussion
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - November 30, 2008
The implementation of a countywide transportation impact fee is among the items up for consideration by the Board of Supervisors at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.  Because funding for transportation projects from the federal and state government...

Collier commissioners put impact fee problem in hands of county's Productivity Committee
Naples Daily News, FL - November 30, 2008
Collier County commissioners hope their Productivity Committee can reign in the cost of impact fees. At the same time, officials will be faced with paying down debt on existing infrastructure with less money coming in. Four years ago, Collier collected $100 million in...

Fire fees would cover growth in Minturn
Vail Daily News, CO - November 28, 2008
In preparation for an expected boom in growth and development, the Eagle River Fire Protection District has presented a set of one-time impact fees that would be charged to any new development in Minturn, Colorado. The fees, if adopted by the Town Council, are...

Council eyes water rate hike
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - November 28, 2008
Members of the Kingman City Council met Monday morning to discuss proposed modifications to the city's monthly water and wastewater rates, as well as the one-time development investment fees, or impact fees. City Finance Director Coral Loyd spent the better...

Wakulla asked to reconsider impact fee
Tallahassee.com, FL - November 27, 2008
Wakulla County Commission Chairman Howard Kessler said he will ask the commission Monday to consider reimposing "impact" fees on new construction. On Sept. 9, the commission voted 3-2 to impose a one-year moratorium on collecting the fees, which total $5,063...

Council wants study completed soon
Benton County Daily Record, AR - November 26, 2008
Aldermen who approved an updated study on all city impact fees this year want to see the results of that study before the close of the year. On Tuesday night, City Finance Director Denise Land told the council that there were some delays in completing the study. In...

Madison Utilities says it will end waiving impact fees for developers
The Huntsville Times, AL - November 26, 2008
Over the past three years, Madison Utilities has waived $550,000 in impact fees to help create more commercial development in the city. But that process is changing because the board has lost money with the plan. The utilities board, formerly called the Madison Water and...

Emmitsburg to consider water, sewer fee ordinances
Frederick News Post, MD - November 26, 2008
Commissioners will discuss two ordinances Monday that would slash total surcharges for builders and would raise water and sewer rates for some users. The discussion comes in response to several requests from builders and residents over the past few months. ...

Kalispell debates transportation fees
Montana's News Station, MT - November 26, 2008
The discussion over the much debated proposed transportation impact fees is continuing in Kalispell. The city wants to generate $17 million in impact fees to help pay for road construction costs, but many are concerned the rates are so high they will deter...

Beaufort Council considers impact fees to support fire, library
Beaufort Gazette, SC - November 25, 2008
Discussions of proposed library and fire facility impact fees, sidewalk cafes and an eight-year-old utility bill to St. Peter's Catholic Church were the focus of Tuesday's Beaufort City Council meeting.  Bernie Kole, advocacy director for the Friends of the Beaufort County...

No Veto on Lincoln Impact Fee Freeze
KOLN, NE - November 25, 2008
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler won't veto the city council's freeze on impact fees, but he says the freeze will reduce city infrastructure projects.  Impact fees are paid on construction projects in Lincoln, including new homes. The fees are scheduled to increase...

City Commission to Continue Discussion on Transportation Impact Fees Today
KMAS, Mason County, WA - November 24, 2008
The Shelton City Commission will continue discussing Transportation Impact Fees at two this afternoon. The proposal is to charge $1,610 per PM trip generated in order to help the City to pay for needed traffic projects created by growth. The proposal has the impact...

Mapleton considering adjusting fee collection schedule
Deseret News, UT - November 24, 2008
Mapleton requires all fees be paid up front before a building lot can be recorded or construction can begin. In the past that has resulted in a new City Hall and improved parks, "but now we need fees that are an inducement," he said. "Maybe (we shouldn't) require all...

Reno wants new impact fees for development projects
Carson Times, NV - November 23, 2008
Despite protests from builders that the timing couldn't be worse, the Reno City Council will seek new impact fees on development projects to pay for police and fire stations, a strategy that also will require existing taxpayers to pay their fair share for the new buildings. ...

Economic slump provides reason to review impact fee policies
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - November 23, 2008
Local governments in our region have, in fact, made some significant decisions about impact fees.  As Doug Sword and Zac Anderson reported recently in the Herald-Tribune, Sarasota County and North Port elected officials canceled planned fee increases this year, ...

University of Miami to start paying Gables for increased burden
Miami Herald, FL - November 23, 2008
The University of Miami will have to start paying impact fees for development on the Coral Gables campus now that the city has included the school in its program to mitigate traffic issues and increased cost of providing services due to growth. Commissioners...

Central Florida school impact fees fall by $87M
Orlando Business Journal - November 21, 2008
The engine driving new school construction is sputtering, as the amount of school impact fees collected in Central Florida this year fell to nearly a third of what it was in fiscal 2006. Orange, Osceola Seminole and Lake counties collected a combined $59.5 million in...

Phoenix may boost impact fees
Arizona Business Gazette, AZ - November 20, 2008
Phoenix has convened a panel to advise the City Council on a staff proposal to increase impact fees, a series of charges the city makes to home builders for such items as roads, sewer hookups, parks and libraries. The staff proposal calls for some fees in northeast...

Elgin council OKs park impact fees change
The Courier News, IL - November 20, 2008
Elgin City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday to amend a city ordinance, to allow the money collected from fees to be used in areas where development is not taking place. The change will allow the city's parks and recreation department to create neighborhood...

Impact fees support Payson infrastructure
Rim Country Gazette, AZ - November 20, 2008
On Thursday, November 20, the Payson Town Council will consider a request by Colin P. Walker, Assistant Public Works Director, to direct the town's legal department to draft documents to implement changes to determine water use in new housing developments. ...

OKC Considering $5K Home Impact Fees
KOCO, OK - November 20, 2008
Oklahoma City is considering imposing a $5,000 surcharge on every new home sold in the city to help cover the impact of additional use on roads, utilities, sidewalks and sewers. "They're putting this fee right on top of the backs of the builders," said George Schott, ...

Builders to appeal Pell City impact fee ruling
Daily Home Online, AL - November 19, 2008
An attorney representing local home builders said the group will challenge a court ruling allowing the city to charge sewer impact and water recovery fees.  "I would expect the appeal process to begin within the next 30 days," said Charles Robinson Jr., one of three...

Development fees may pay for roads
The Spokesman Review, WA - November 19, 2008
After years of talk, Spokane leaders have created taxes on new development in hopes of solving a growing shortfall in street funding. But because of restrictions in the "impact fee" ordinance, which was approved by City Council early Tuesday, it's unclear when the...

Comparing city fees
Ennis Daily News, TX - November 19, 2008
In a comparison with the cities of Waxahachie and Midlothian, there are many areas where costs in Ennis are significantly lower and also many more instances where Ennis does not require a fee while the other two cities do. City Manager Steve Howerton said the...

Impact fee freeze thawed in Yuba City
Appeal-Democrat, CA - November 19, 2008
Yuba City will move ahead in boosting impact fees on construction after the City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday to freeze the fees. The City Council was considering a proposal that the city hold off on the first fee increase in January, a $3,236 boost, one of...

Bunnel OKs 4-year halt on building fees
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - November 19, 2008
After adopting an impact fee schedule earlier this year, city officials backpedaled Tuesday and unanimously agreed to a four-year moratorium on many of the impact fees developers must pay to build within the city. The decision means a homeowner seeking to build...

Ravalli County takes step toward impact fees
The Missoulian, MT - November 18, 2008
Faced with growing pains and a shortage of revenue, the Ravalli County Commission on Monday passed the first reading of an ordinance to adopt impact fees. The fees are mandatory one-time payments charged to developers to pay for capital...

County hears impact fee appeal
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - November 18, 2008
The Coweta County Commission heard an appeal against the denial of an impact fee waiver at its meeting Tuesday night. Coweta County Medical Office Investors had requested a waiver of the transportation impact fees on June 12, 2007. On Sept. 25, 2008, the request...

City amends impact fee plan
Waxahachie Daily Light, TX - November 18, 2008
The Waxahachie City Council adopted an ordinance Monday night to amend the impact fees for water, wastewater and roadway. The total for all of the fees, which includes a park dedication fee, is $4,379.22.  "Under the law, the new fees don't go into effect for a...

Council proposes impact fee grace period
Berkeley Independent, SC - November 18, 2008
Berkeley County Council continues to grapple with continuing troubles at its Water and Sanitation Authority and the issue of whether the public was adequately notified of a proposed 130-percent impact fee increase this summer.  During its Water and Sanitation committee...

Council Freezes City Impact Fees
KOLN, NE - November 17, 2008
Freezing temps can be hard on home builders like Jerry Boyce.  But a freeze on Lincoln's impact fee rates could help warm up business. "Right now we're at a point where the permits being issued this year are going to be on a par with the low point in the early 80's...

Impact fee cut hearing Monday
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - November 16, 2008
The City council will consider a robust agenda at its meeting Monday evening, with impact fees and the Hilltop Wastewater Treatment plant topping the bill. Council will conduct a public hearing on its earlier decision to pursue halving the largest portion of the...

Paying for paving
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - November 16, 2008
The decision on whether to generate local transportation funding through impact fees applied to new construction may come before the Board of Supervisors as early as next month. With federal and state transportation funding continuing to disappear,...

Public hearing Tuesday on West Hawaii school impact fees
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - November 16, 2008
Developers of new housing in West Hawai'i will be required to donate land and/or pay fees for public schools under a new impact fee law to be initiated in West Hawai'i beginning next year. A public hearing to discuss the new school impact fees will be held at the...

Sarasota looks at impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - November 15, 2008
A growing list of the region's cities and counties are temporarily reducing or eliminating impact fees to stimulate a nearly prostrate construction industry. The latest proposal is from Sarasota County. It is considering a moratorium on impact fees, which are now more...

Bellingham considers lower traffic fee for developers
Bellingham Herald, WA - November 10, 2008
Developers would pay less in fees to support construction of city streets next year, under a new recommendation from city staff. Each year the city sets the amount of its transportation impact fee, which is charged to builders to offset the impacts of people traveling...

Aztec considers utility connection fee to replace impact fees
Farmington Daily Times, NM - November 9, 2008
Aztec City Commissioners want to raise money for their municipality by charging a fee for new utility connections. If they follow through with their plans, the utility connection fee would replace fees the commissioners began charging developers to build within...

Ravalli Co. growth policy off the table
KPAX-TV, MT - November 7, 2008
The Ravalli County growth policy is off the table for the next two years, so commissioners will begin working on other issues such as subdivision regulations.  Now that voters are repealing the policy, commissioners can't look at - or even talk about - the growth...

Our Say: Delayed impact fee increase better than no increase at all
Annapolis Capital, MD - November 7, 2008
During Monday's County Council debate, in discussing the bill that will eventually raise this county's impact fees to something close to a realistic level, County Councilman Jamie Benoit voted the wrong way but came up with the best line. Mr. Benoit recalled...

Volusia home builders sue over school impact fees
Daytona Beach News - Journal, FL - November 6, 2008
The Volusia Home Builders Association -- whose customers have been socked by more than $66 million in school impact fees over the past six years -- filed suit this week seeking to have the practice declared unconstitutional.  Impact fees are charged for every...

Lower builder fees could raise water, sewer rates for Emmitsburg
Frederick News Post, MD - November 6, 2008
Builders may see town-imposed surcharges for new homes decrease, but residents may get higher water and sewer bills in return. The town proposed a new fee structure this week in response to requests from Ryan Homes and residents of its Brookfield subdivision. ...

County may link growth, road work
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - November 6, 2008
With more shortfalls in federal and state transportation funding expected, the Board of Supervisors may consider implementing a fee on new building construction to help bridge the financial gap. At the board's monthly meeting on Wednesday, the supervisors voted...

Anne Arundel council compromises on development fees
Baltimore Sun, MD - November 5, 2008
The Anne Arundel County Council has approved an increase in impact fees, which developers pay to fund schools, road and other infrastructure around new projects.  The council approved a plan to more than double the fees in 2011, contributing an estimated $9.9...

Oroville Council delays argreement on developer fees
Enterprise-Record, CA - November 5, 2008
The Oroville City Council postponed a decision election night on a settlement with Feather River Recreation and Park District for park development impact fees. After a 5:30 p.m. closed session, it was apparent the council hadn't made a decision. "Direction was given...

Hailey votes on repeal of development-impact fees, business license fees
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - November 5, 2008
The city of Hailey will have to redraw its long-term economic plans if voters decide to repeal development-impact fees at the polls Tuesday night. A special election ballot initiative, if it passes, would drain city coffers of an estimated $2.5 million from the city's...

Voters approving Washington County development tax
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, OR - November 4, 2008
Faced with approving a fee that only developers would pay, Washington County voters quickly passed the fee, which is designed to help pay for $2 billion-worth of growth-related transportation projects. Measure 34-164 would create a "transportation...

Park impact fee issue returns tonight
Enterprise-Record, CA - November 3, 2008
The Oroville City Council will discuss an agreement with the Feather River Recreation and Park District for park development impact fees on election night.  First, city councilors will discuss an agreement in a closed-session meeting at 5:30 p.m. Then, the council...

Impact fee debate is $5 million question
Annapolis Capital, MD - November 2, 2008
The joke told around the County Council chambers these days is that children are conceived and brought into the world faster than officials forged a compromise in the impact fee debate.  But as tomorrow's deadline approaches, the compromise appears to be unraveling...

Guest Column: Impact fee bill fair to taxpayers
Annapolis Capital, MD - November 2, 2008
We are all facing some of the most challenging economic conditions in decades. Whether it is drawing up the county's $1.2 billion budget or balancing the family checkbook, each of us is making tough decisions almost daily.  As county executive, I have an obligation to every...

Possible Tarpon Impact Fee Hike Slammed
Suncoast News, FL - November 1, 2008
The city's proposed hike in impact fees could make construction of affordable housing more costly for builders, according to a builder who has been working with the Tarpon Springs Housing Authority. The builder, Joe Heidenreich, president of the Tarpon...

Ravalli Co. growth policy rejected
Montana's News Station, MT - November 1, 2008
Come Election Day, Ravalli County voters will decide to maintain or appeal their growth policy, which voters approved a few years ago and provide the guidelines that form the basis for managing the county's development.  One group who wants to maintain the...

 
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