Latest News: November 2010

Patrons tack dollars onto Marco restaurant wall to protest utility fee
Marconews, FL - November 30, 2010
Customers are plastering dollar bills on a restaurantís entrance to help the family-owned business survive an expansion that came with an unexpected $64,000 fee from Marco Island officials. The plight of Chefs' Express was first heard when co-owner Anne Feinman ...

Local worries over county road tax could spread
News-Times, OR - November 30, 2010
Itís hardly front-page news when a business owner gripes about city fees. However, concerns voiced by a Forest Grove dentist over a relatively new road tax likely foreshadow a tiff that could spread through Washington County like a bad case of gingivitis. ...

Sugar Grove seeks break on school impact fees
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - November 25, 2010
As the Kaneland school district negotiates a new impact fee deal with towns that feed it, one town is asking for some relief. Sugar Grove officials have asked the district to eliminate the transition fee, and cut impact fees overall by $5,000 per residential unit. Transition ...

Tavares poised to extend impact-fee waiver for another year
Orlando Sentinel, FL - November 24, 2010
City leaders are looking to continue waiving impact fees for a second year in a row as a way to attract new construction into the area. At a meeting last week, City Council members decided in a 4-1 vote to consider waiving the fees typically used to help offset the cost ...

Marcellus impact fee getting close look
Scranton Times-Tribune, PA - November 23, 2010
Senate Republican leaders are giving consideration to letting local governments charge impact fees to offset the impact of natural gas drilling operations. Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, R-25, Jefferson County, is the latest to broach the subject, ...

Budget Committee in favor of new infrastructure impact fees
Seacoastonline.com, NH - November 23, 2010
The town's Budget Committee wants the Planning Board to consider requiring an additional impact fee from developers who want to build in town. The committee voted last week to send a letter to the board asking them to consider submitting a warrant article in March ...

Bay County Fee Funds Stormwater Projects
WMBB-TV, FL - November 22, 2010
Workers are drilling to fix a drainage problem on a dirt road. Their progress determines if drivers can pass through. "I've been living here since about 2000 and its always been a mess, every time it rains," said Bay County resident, Dent Tullis Jr. Tullis pays to ensure ...

News comments: Charge developers a fee to offset new developments, pay for schools
LehighValleyLive.com, PA - November 20, 2010
Easton Area School District recently announced that it will not raise taxes beyond the 1.7 percent state cap. Administrators warned that not raising taxes more than 1.7 percent could lead to another year of cuts. Reader would like to see the burden of paying for ...

Kent Chamber of Commerce takes stand on transportation-impact fees
PNW Local News, WA - November 20, 2010
The Kent Chamber of Commerce didn't pull any punches in a letter it drafted and sent to the city this fall, after the city's new transportation-impact fees went into effect. "...The City of Kent neglected our recommendations to prioritize transportation ...

City moves ahead with plans to waive impact fees
Daily Commercial, FL - November 19, 2010
Tavares officials moved forward with plans to waive city impact fees for another year. At Wednesday night's city council meeting, the board approved the holding of public hearings on an ordinance to extend the impact fee waiver program until the end of 2011. The ...

Hearing planned for higher street charge
Albany Democrat Herald, CA - November 18, 2010
The Albany City Council plans to hold a public hearing on Jan. 12, 2011, on a proposal to raise the city's transportation system development charge. The current charge, imposed on new construction to help pay for streets and related projects to ...

Impact fees set for hearing
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - November 17, 2010
Some two years after first considering the idea, the Board of Supervisors next month is expected to decide if the county should implement transportation impact fees. The supervisors will also hear what residents have to say about the idea at a public hearing on ...

Frederick County waives impact fees for affordable housing
Frederick News Post, VA - November 17, 2010
Affordable housing in Frederick County will not be charged for impact fees as of next year. And one commissioner who will be serving on the next Board of County Commissioners hinted all impact fees could be reduced or eliminated when the new board takes office. ...

Stormwater fee nears fruition
Statesman Journal, OR - November 17, 2010
Stayton residents could be seeing another new fee, this time for stormwater. The city's stormwater master plan is moving forward after Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals supported the city of Stayton last month. The plan, which Stayton City Council adopted ...

Tavares officials to discuss extending impact fee waiver
Daily Commercial, FL - November 16, 2010
Continuing an incentive to spur commercial development will likely be a hot topic of discussion Wednesday night. The Tavares City Council will consider extending the city-wide impact fee waiver program for another year. The current waiver ordinance is set to expire at ...

Residents should be outraged at proposed mobility fees
Tampabay.com, FL - November 16, 2010
I find it difficult to understand how the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) can at this time suggest that impact fees be turned into mobility fees and passed on to residents and that Pasco residents are not outraged. The proposed mobility tax would ask ...

Council OKs Jack in the Box appeal
Canon City Daily Record, CO - November 16, 2010
At its meeting Monday, the CaŮon City City Council approved an appeal filed by Bladow Properties over the $7,800 traffic impact fee. "They appreciate the level of support that has been shown by the community for their project," said City Administrator Steve Rabe. ...

Gautier mayor wants county supervisors' support in fighting JCUA fee
Mississippi Press, MS - November 16, 2010
Gautier Mayor Tommy Fortenberry wants county supervisors' support in fighting a Jackson County Utility Authority fee he says is illegal and stifling economic development in Jackson County. Fortenberry is taking issue with charges related to will-serve letters, which ...

City dishes up heartburn to restaurant owners
Fernandina Beach News-Leader, FL - November 15, 2010
The city recently tried to collect nearly $800,000 in impact fees from local restaurants it said had more seating than indicated in documents filed with the state, causing some restaurant owners heartburn when they got their bills. City staff determined recently...

Houston drainage fee fight heading to Austin
KHOU.com, TX - November 15, 2010
Opponents of Proposition 1 are planning to lobby the state legislature to strike down the controversial drainage fee, even after voters narrowly approved it earlier this month. Don Hooper, who organized a political action committee blasting Prop 1, said the effort ...

Using impact fees Was Secaucus' use of Xchange fees legitimate?
Weehawken Reporter, NJ - November 14, 2010
A critical deadline is fast approaching for the Secaucus Recreation Center, and the financing of the facility's construction highlights the issue of how impact fees paid by developers should, or shouldn't, be used. Sometime within the next few months, the Town Council ...

Smart growth needs smart decisionmaking
Tampabay.com, FL - November 13, 2010
Smart growth doesn't mean cheap growth. As county government attempts to steer high-end business growth and so-called transit-oriented development into two corridors along west and southern Pasco, the price of that strategy could mean new assessments ...

Proposition 26 Has Potentially Significant Implications for the Building Industry
JD Supra (press release), CA - November 12, 2010
California voters last week approved Proposition 26, a far-reaching amendment to the California Constitution with potentially significant implications for the building industry. While most pre-election attention focused on Prop 26's requirement that regulatory fees ...

Cranberry to review impact fee program
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - November 11, 2010
When it comes to Cranberry's traffic network, some of the most dramatic expansions and improvements in the past two decades have been funded in part by a developer-paid levy that once was so controversial, its existence was challenged all the way to the ...

$64000 impact fee stuns Marco Island eatery
The News-Press, FL - November 11, 2010
Customers are showing their support for the Feinman family one dollar bill at a time. The family owns the Chefs' Express restaurant, a small business in the Shops of Olde Marco. After a January move into a larger unit at the plaza, the Feinmans received a surprise - ...

Planners reverse impact-fee vote
The Free Lance-Star, VA - November 11, 2010
It was a night of contradiction. First, the Culpeper County Planning Commission voted 7-1 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow for the implementation of transportation impact fees. Then, 10 minutes later, the ...

Seabrook needs impact fee ordinance
The Daily News of Newburyport, NH - November 10, 2010
I have recently been going door to door talking to voters about the prospect of enacting a tax-cutting impact fee ordinance in Seabrook, one of the few towns on the seacoast not having one in place. Currently, at least 75 towns in New Hampshire charge impact ...

Lakeland offers incentives to lure well-paying jobs
Tbo.com, FL - November 10, 2010
The city wants to attract the best and brightest workers. What community doesn't? In Lakeland though, city commissioners are offering breaks on impact fees to new and expanding businesses that bring high skill, high wage jobs to the city to make that happen. ...

Don't buy developers' line
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - November 9, 2010
Ever since the impact fee was adopted, I have read the rhetoric of half truths and misleading conclusions proffered by the development community as to why this fee is a bad thing. For years, all across this country, impact fees have been assessed on new development; ...

Prescott, Prescott Valley prevail in suit over impact fee waiver
Sun Shopper, AZ - November 8, 2010
The City of Prescott and Town of Prescott Valley have prevailed in a lawsuit that challenged both municipalities for waiving development impact fees for commercial and industrial construction. Representatives from both jurisdictions said they do not know ...

Solano Supervisors to review fee report
TheReporter.com, CA - November 7, 2010
The English Hills Transportation Impact Fee is up for review by county supervisors when they meet Tuesday. The impact fee program was created to provide a source of funding for improving major roadways in the English Hills area north of Vacaville. Tuesday, the Solano ...

It's up to school board, not council to set impact fee levels
The Olympian, WA - November 5, 2010
The Olympia City Council and the Olympia School Board are a bit at odds over how much the school district should collect in impact fees on new homes. Staff members for the city and school district are meeting in hopes of working out an agreement. City Council ...

Arizona court ruling rejects challenge to impact fee
Victoria Advocate, AZ - November 4, 2010
Arizona cities have broad powers to impose development impact fees, the state Court of Appeals said Thursday in a decision that upheld a levy by Mesa to help pay for cultural facilities used by the entire community. Development impact fees are an ongoing source of ...

Cedar Lake OKs park impact fee
Gary Post Tribune, IN - November 4, 2010
A proposed $1,170 park impact fee for new homes was unanimously approved by the Town Council on Wednesday. The fee, which will be added to the building permit fee, takes effect in six months. Approval came during a joint meeting with the Plan Commission. Plan ...

Houston voters OK drainage fee, but who will pay for it?
Houston Chronicle, TX - November 3, 2010
Mayor Annise Parker may have won the Election Day battle to persuade voters to pay a fee for fixing streets and drainage problems, but who wins the war remains to be seen. City Council members, who are listening to a chorus of local school officials, church leaders ...

Impact fee cut rejected
The News-Press, FL - November 2, 2010
Noting a lack of results from other counties that tried to spur the building industry with fee cuts, most Lee County commissioners Monday rejected an across-the-board cut. They did, however, support trimming fees on commercial and medical developments. I recall ...

City Hopes Impact-Fee Cuts Nurture Growth
The Ledger, FL - November 2, 2010
The city of Lakeland wants to give businesses a break on impact fees to attract new growth and jobs to the area. The Economic Development Impact Fee Mitigation program will cut non-utility impact fees for businesses that build new facilites and pay ...

Missoula city councilwoman urges more women on committee
The Missoulian, MT - November 2, 2010
One city committee is overrun by dudes - and sorely in need of girl power. That's the perspective of Councilwoman Stacy Rye, who on Monday urged the administration to recruit and appoint more women to the Impact Fee Advisory Committee. Just one female is ...

County puts deadline on transportation impact fees
Citrus Daily, FL - November 2, 2010
On Election Day, the Citrus County Commission put a final deadline on the suspension of transportation impact fees. While Citrus County voters were out casting ballots, the county commission decided to set the fee deadline for June 1, 2011. That means transportation ...

Lee County considering impact fee reduction
NBC2 News, FL - November 1, 2010
The medical industry is one of Lee County's most prosperous and some commissioners want to make it easier for medical developments to expand there. But the move would come with a price to taxpayers. For developer Magnus Karlstedt, new medical suites ...

 
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