Latest News: December 2007

Fire chief pitches new fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - December 29, 2007
Beaufort Fire Department Chief Wendall Wilburn is floating the idea of collecting fire impact fees in Beaufort and Port Royal. The chief gave the Port Royal Town Council, which contracts with the department, a briefing on municipal fire impact fees at its Dec. 12 meeting and ...

Council considers traffic impact fee New ordinance would affect all development
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - December 27, 2007
The Town Council is weeks away from approving a "Road Impact Fee Ordinance" to help pay for improvements to town streets, roads and intersections that will be necessary when two new "big box" stores open and other development projects come on line. The ordinance ...

Impact fee of any percentage times zero still equals no roads
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - December 27, 2007
Aiden Magee's Community Voices diatribe about impact fees is so far off base, it is comical. Clearly, Magee does not know enough of the details to have a truly informed opinion about impact fees, road building and more. He would have readers believe that Volusia ...

Curious about-face on impact fees
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - December 27, 2007
For years, POPULAR proposals to assess impact fees on new homes were met at the state Capitol by the caterwauls of developers warning that all but the wealthiest Virginians would be left to to huddle in cardboard boxes for warmth. Now comes word that the ...

Impact fees rise less than expected in Pasco
St. Petersburg Times, FL - December 26, 2007
The Pasco school district's request to increase impact fees on new homes could be less costly than originally projected. A committee convened in November to review the charge on development determined that while the fee must rise to help the district cope ...

City may seek bigger role over impact fees
Venice Gondolier, FL - December 26, 2007
The city of Venice may question the county's plan for citizen input into two new impact fees. In a letter dated Dec. 10 County Commissioner Nora Patterson announced it established a Capital Projects Council to maximize participant input into the ...

Cape's impact fee money lower than expected
The News-Press, FL - December 24, 2007
Even though Cape Coral officials budgeted for less impact fee money this year, a virtual standstill in residential construction may leave city officials with less than they expected. In the fiscal year which closed on Sept. 30, the city collected less in impact fees than it has ...

North Port hopes to revive industry with lower impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - December 24, 2007
It has been a rough and tumble year between the city and builders. Over the protests of builders, North Port increased impact fees to record levels, only to see the bottom drop out of the region's building and real estate industries. Now the city is taking some of the ...

Housing slump may ax millions for schools
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 23, 2007
Central Florida's anemic housing market has produced another financial casualty. School-impact-fee collections from new homes are plummeting, which has administrators in some districts predicting they'll end up with millions less than what they originally ...

Top 10: Putnam County begins to collect impact fees
Palatka Daily News, FL - December 22, 2007
After nearly a month’s delay to debate fine points and exceptions, Putnam County began assessing impact fees on new construction in March. The implementation of the fees was voted the No. 6 story of 2007 by the staff of the Palatka Daily News. The fees, developed ...

Fees increased to pay for effects of development
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - December 22, 2007
The Grand Junction City Council bumped up the fees developers of homes and businesses pay for roads but not without first suggesting the system that charges the fees is in need of an overhaul. Council members approved a 60 percent hike in the fee for new homes ...

$1 million in impact fee refunds possible
Florida Times-Union, FL - December 22, 2007
Nassau County government owes somebody more than $1 million in impact fees - which builders pay when they construct homes or commercial buildings in the county - and Clerk of Courts John Crawford says homeowners paid those fees through higher ...

Manatee impact fees on hold under plan
Bradenton Herald, FL - December 22, 2007
In the scheme of things, a 1 percent increase to impact fees on a $200,000 new home isn't a lot of money to developers, especially considering they pass those fees to homebuyers. But in sluggish times, every little bit helps. That's why there's plenty of support ...

City Orders Impact Fee Study On New Data
Tampa Tribune, FL - December 22, 2007
The city is considering increasing for the first time in 18 years the fees it charges on new construction to offset the ballooning cost of roads. The Tampa City Council voted Thursday to spend $220,000 on a six-month study to look at transportation impact fees and ...

Builders propose impact fee, new tax for homes' services
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - December 22, 2007
A move is afoot in Virginia's development industry to push for a fundamental change in the way home builders help foot the cost of providing municipal services to the residents of their new subdivisions. Currently, developers offer cash payments and  ...

School Consultant Recommends Impact Fee Hike
Tampa Tribune, FL - December 22, 2007
A (Hernando County) school board consultant is recommending the school impact fee per single-family home be raised from $4,266 to $10,000 to cover new school construction - an increase of about 134 percent. School board officials will discuss the recommendation ...

Judge: Former county officials can work on impact fee lawsuit
Annapolis Capital, MD - December 22, 2007
Two former county officials may continue their work on a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit against the county, a local judge ruled. Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. denied an injunction Tuesday afternoon by the county Ethics Commission to stop former ...

Manatee delays scheduled rise in impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - December 21, 2007
County Administrator Ed Hunzeker has canceled a 1.03 percent increase in impact fees planned for next month, providing a modest break in expenses for builders hard hit by the region's housing bust. The fee increase, which had been scheduled to go into effect Jan. ...

Impact fees for new housing in Anne Arundel could go up
Examiner.com - December 21, 2007
The Anne Arundel County Planning Advisory Board wants the county to raise its impact fees to meet the rising costs of construction. "After you get over the initial shock and see how little those numbers have gone up over the years, [raising the fees] is a logiical ...

Fees increased to pay for effects of development
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - December 21, 2007
The Grand Junction City Council bumped up the fees developers of homes and businesses pay for roads but not without first suggesting the system that charges the fees is in need of an overhaul. Council members approved a 60 percent hike in the fee for new homes ...

Sparks Fly as Result of $2200 School Impact Fee Increase
The Ledger, FL - December 20, 2007
After a contentious four-hour meeting that included name-calling and accusations hurled from both sides of the school impact fee issue, the Lake County commissioners settled on a compromise and raised the fee by $2,200 rather than the more than $14,000 the ...

Road impact fee hike delayed
Bradenton Herald, FL - December 20, 2007
With a drastic decline in the number of building permits issued this year, the Sarasota County Commission on Wednesday voted to postpone an additional 32 percent increase in road impact fees scheduled to begin in June. "We are at the lowest permit levels ...

Cary Looks at Boosting New-Home Inpact Fees
WRAL.com, NC - December 20, 2007
New homes help build a strong economy in Cary, but the town's new mayor says the fee that builders pay on each home will not be set in stone. “There's cost associated with all growth, and if it's not picked up by the developer, it will be picked up by taxpayers,” ...

Hurricane council to consider reduction of impact fee
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - December 20, 2007
The Hurricane City Council will consider lowering an impact fee at the regular meeting tonight. The parks impact fee, which was increased earlier this year, may be lowered if the ordinance passes. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 147 North ...

Martin County School Board approves lower increase in impact fees
Stuart News (subscription), FL - December 19, 2007
The cost of building a home in Martin County could be going up, but not as much as a previous proposal..On Tuesday, the Martin County School Board voted 4-1 to approve a proposal that raises school impact fees on new houses by about 22.5 percent, but lowered ...

St. Lucie County may waive impact fees for new businesses
Fort Pierce Tribune (subscription), FL - December 19, 2007
To bring businesses into the county, government officials must be prepared to give something back. That's the theory behind a new program that waives impact fees for certain businesses that agree to create a set number of jobs at certain salaries, among ...

Judge to decide on North Port fee
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - December 19, 2007
A judge will soon decide whether developers can sue to stop a fee they have not yet had to pay after North Port and companies building on the large Thomas Ranch faced off in court Tuesday. Judge Robert Bennett will rule on North Port's request to throw out the...

Westfield hikes park impact fees adopts, master plan
Noblesville Daily Times, IN - December 19, 2007
The town council Monday voted unanimously to raise its park impact fee from $875 a rooftop to $930 a rooftop, a 6-percent increase. Westfield officials will use park impact fee dollars to pay for future park needs to serve new residents. Park projects include ...

School impact fee collections show drop in 2007
Marconews (subscription), FL - December 17, 2007
As building permits trickle out, school funding trickles in. The impact fee spending plan Lee County commissioners will receive from the school board Tuesday shows school impact fee collections dropping by more than $23 million in 2007. The $33.2 million the schools ...

Home builders again argue against Osceola school impact fees.
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 16, 2007
The Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando has cast doubt on impact-fee numbers submitted to the county by the Osceola school district. In documents shared with school staff, a consultant hired by the group said the district used old data and overestimated ...

Editorial: Indian River schools leave money on table, but ...
TCPalm, FL - December 16, 2007
Rejecting a recommended increase in impact fees was a noble gesture by the Indian River County School District, but this election-campaign conversion to "fiscal restraint" doesn't jibe with the board's spending habits. So beware, taxpayers. In memos to county ...

Lake County erred on impact-fee decision for schools
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 16, 2007
I am disappointed in the decision of two of our county commissioners to disregard the cost to the school district for borrowing money to build new schools needed because of growth. Both Brevard and Palm Beach counties have included those fees in the past. Why ...

North Port fee heading to court
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - December 15, 2007
The city goes before a judge for the first time next week to defend its construction traffic road fee, a unique charge that has drawn ire from developers and a national conservative watchdog group. The fee, imposed by the city in May, is the target of three lawsuits ...

State’s High Court denies city's petition
Herald Zeitung, TX - December 15, 2007
The City of New Braunfels will have to go back to the drawing board if it wants to collect fees from property owners and developers whose projects impact the city’s drainage system. The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review an appeals court ...

Eagle Valley Library considers impact fee
Vail Daily News, CO - December 14, 2007
After the public voted down a request to fund a multi-million dollar expansion and upgrades to local libraries last year, the Eagle Valley Library District has come up with a new plan that may meet its most urgent needs. The library district is approaching local towns ...

Frederick Impact Fees May Go Up
WTOP, DC - - December 14, 2007
Frederick's mayor and Board of Aldermen on Wednesday discussed a plan to nearly double the fees builders have to pay for new development. The impact fees cover the costs of hooking up water, sewer and other public infrastructure to new buildings. For ...

Developers ask for extension despite lawsuit against city
Lathrop-Manteca Sun Post, CA - December 14, 2007
As developers push ahead with a lawsuit against the city (of Manteca), council members may try to bring an early end to the legal battle by holding out on some developers' requests. Three developers that sued the city in August over fees on new housing projects ...

Impact fees will go up — but not as much as before
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL - December 13, 2007
The Martin County School Board could decide next week what to do about school impact fees. On Wednesday, the School Board conducted a six-hour workshop on impact fees and the costs of school construction. Next Tuesday, the board could choose ...

Overview of impact fees
Today's News-Herald, AZ - December 13, 2007
To builders and developers, it is a burdensome tax that discourages growth. To cities struggling to maintain services and infrastructure as populations swell, it represents a critical tool for generating revenue. But with impact fees now officially on the (Havasu) City Council's ...

Consultant tells Martin County School Board $23 million for proposed school
Stuart News, FL - December 13, 2007
A consultant told the Martin County School Board that the estimated $23 million it's paying to build a new school in western Palm City appears reasonable. At a workshop Wednesday about construction costs and impact fees, Praveen Ommi, with a Miami-based ...

School Board that the 32-percent increase in the school impact fee ,,,
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 13, 2007
Lake County school officials expressed dismay Wednesday at county commissioners' late-night decision to raise school-impact fees by 32 percent, less than a third of what the district sought. Tuesday night's decision could force the School Board to impose double ...

City impact fees may go up
Frederick News Post, MD - December 13, 2007
Frederick's mayor and Board of Aldermen on Wednesday discussed a plan to nearly double the fees builders have to pay for new development. The impact fees cover the costs of hooking up water, sewer and other public infrastructure to new buildings. For ...

Rome attorney wins impact fee battle
Rome News-Tribune, GA - December 13, 2007
Rome attorney Andy Davis successfully fought a challenge to a Newton County impact fee ordinance this week. The county can now use the fees imposed on new construction for recreation and parks, library and transportation projects. It was a prolonged battle. ...

Supervisors OK impact fee plan
Daily Democrat, CA - December 13, 2007
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a proposed development impact fee agreement with its cities, bringing it one step closer to securing a vital source of funding. Since 1991, the county has collected development fees from its cities in ...

State attorney general rules again on development tax
Murfreesboro Post, TN - December 13, 2007
Rutherford County can’t increase the development tax to fund new schools, according to Tennessee’s Attorney General. “Your request suggests amending these provisions to authorize planning commissions to require developers seeking approval of subdivision ...

Supervisors OK impact fee plan
Daily Democrat, CA - December 13, 2007
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a proposed development impact fee agreement with its cities, bringing it one step closer to securing a vital source of funding. Since 1991, the county has collected development fees from its cities in order ...

School-impact fee discussion brings an overflow crowd to Lake County
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 12, 2007
A standing-room crowd spilled from the County Commission chambers into the rotunda of the round courthouse where 100 seats -- "All I could find," maintenance supervisor David Walker said -- were set up to let the overflow watch the fiercely divided debate Tuesday ...

Judge Guts Suit Against Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - December 12, 2007
A judge has dismissed a major portion of a lawsuit by the Polk County Builders Association that contended an $8,596 impact fee for Polk schools was unjustified. The builders wanted the fee on new homes reduced by $5,757 - the amount the group said was devoted to ...

Cost of Bozeman impact fees decided
KPAX-TV, MT - December 12, 2007
Members of the Bozeman City Commission talked about transportation impact fees for the city during a Monday night meeting. They approved a road impact fee increase on new homes built in Bozeman, but at only 60% of the original proposal. Single family homeowners ...

Town council considers fee for new parkland
Noblesville Daily Times, IN - December 11, 2007
Developers would pay more money per household to fund new parkland in Westfield under a proposal from the parks department. Town council members are considering a fee of $930 per household to fund future parkland development. The current fee is $875 per ...

Council to amend meter tap impact fees
News Courier, AL - - December 11, 2007
The Athens City Council Monday amended an ordinance on meter tap impact fees after a group of property owners objected to being charged impact fees for reconnecting a meter. Water/Wastewater Department Manager John Stockton said that when the council ...

Bluffton council to be asked to adopt school impact fee
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - December 11, 2007
The Bluffton Town Council will meet today to discuss, among other things, a proposed $6,000 per unit developer fee to benefit Beaufort County schools. County schools superintendent Valerie Truesdale is scheduled to speak to the council about the fee, which would ...

Are developer fees the answer to school funding woes?
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - December 11, 2007
The Beaufort County School Board has some ideas for keeping taxes in check while increasing revenue to public schools -- ideas Bluffton Town Council seemed to like Tuesday night. The council signed off on a measure that, if passed into law, would impose a $6,000 per ...

Democratic chairman calls for impact fees
BlueRidgeNow.com, NC - December 10, 2007
The chairman for the Henderson County Democratic Party pressed the county commissioners to institute impact fees. Doug Freeman said developers need to pay for some of the costs associated with development. He said the commissioners and Henderson County ...

Legislators hope to fix impact-fee 'glitch'
The Casper Star Tribune, WY - December 10, 2007
A legislative glitch is prohibiting communities from receiving impact fees associated with large-scale industrial projects, although officials are optimistic the situation will be remedied during the upcoming budget session. Todd Parfitt, administrator of the Department ...

City to consider eliminating road impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - December 10, 2007
With a proposal to eliminate road impact fees still on the table from a previous meeting, the Bozeman City Commission will take up the issue again tonight. Bozeman's road impact fee plan, charged on new construction, would nearly double the fees paid by a new ...

Lake County commissioners could vote to double school impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 9, 2007
Lake County commissioners may vote to increase school impact fees at a special hearing on Tuesday. School Board members have asked the county to more than double the rates set in 2004. The new rates, if passed, would be the second-highest school impact fee ...

Cary's Mayor-Elect Has Golden Rule For New Development
WRAL.COM, NC - December 8, 2007
Slowing the pace of growth is a top priority for some Triangle leaders. Raleigh's mayor wants to double impact fees on new construction. Durham's mayor is putting new subdivisions on hold because of a dwindling water supply.  Cary’s mayor-elect, Harold Weinbrecht, ...

Henry column: County takes bold, risky move for roads
Bakersfield Californian, CA - December 8, 2007
I opened the paper on Wednesday and could hardly believe my eyes -- Kern County supervisors actually voted to make developers pay their fair share for roads. Damn the politics, full speed ahead! It was a masterful stroke that linked two key pieces of the roads ...

Cities around county unhappy with commission action
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - December 7, 2007
The recent decision by Gallatin County commissioners to impose transportation impact fees only on residential development, while letting commercial developments off the hook, continues to generate heated opposition. Officials from each of the county's ...

Kaneland fees upset Realtors
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - December 7, 2007
Several Realtor groups are asking the Kaneland School District to repeal its impact fee system, saying it unfairly taxes new homeowners. The fee system goes against Illinois law that states new development should only pay for the impact created by that ...

Town behind in repayments
The Coloradoan, CO - December 7, 2007
Fear that the town of Windsor has fallen too far behind in making repayments to developers required to pay fees for road improvements was at the heart of a spirited Town Board discussion this week. The town began a road impact fee program in 2001 that required ...

Building costs in Cicero may rise
- December 7, 2007
Starting this summer, home builders in Cicero may pay the town an additional $920 so parks and recreation facilities can be developed. Chuck Lehman, of the landscape architecture and planning firm Lehman and Lehman, presented study findings on the suggested ...

The impact of fees
Missoula Independent, MT - December 6, 2007
After months of quiet consideration, the Missoula City Council's Administration and Finance Committee has recently made proposed transportation impact fees on all new construction a priority agenda item. Impact fees are construction taxes cities assess to cover ...

Road impact fee vote delayed until 2008
Florida Times-Union, FL - December 6, 2007
A planned Dec. 11 Clay County Commission vote on a proposed road impact fee has been postponed, likely until early 2008. At a commission workshop on the proposal Tuesday, Commission Chairman George Bush said more study and public input was warranted, ...

City begins impact fee process for roads
Eastern Arizona Courier, AZ - December 6, 2007
When new developments greatly increase the population of a municipality, who pays for the infrastructure to accommodate it? Several Arizona cities and towns have enacted impact fees to assist handling growth. Safford has impact fees for water and sewer ...

Measure 49 takes effect today
Corvallis Gazette Times, OR - December 6, 2007
Charlie Fischer thought he'd figured a way to pay the $5,000 monthly nursing home bills for his ailing wife by developing his 33-acre orchard north of Corvallis into the Cherry Farm subdivision. Now, after plowing $63,000 into survey work, petitioning the county and state for ...

A changed council gets busy
News & Observer, NC - December 5, 2007
A revamped Raleigh City Council met for the first time Tuesday and vowed to quickly address growth and tax issues raised by voters during this fall's campaign. After welcoming new members Nancy McFarlane, Rodger Koopman and Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor Charles ...

GUEST COLUMN: The impact of impact fees in Chester County
Chester News, SC - December 5, 2007
What are impact fees? When are they appropriate? Based on the recent N&R article, "County looks at impact fees" (Nov. 28, 2007), I would like to take a moment to answer these two questions based on my professional commercial and residential real estate experience ...

Camden County adopts road impact fees
Westside Star, MO - December 5, 2007
Commissioners have signed off on a new regulation that implements impact fees for roads. The new fee system will replace a road bond ordinance that was instituted in the county last year. The new system is based on square footage. The fee was based on a study ...

Glendale mulls impact fee
Cincinnatti Enquirer, OH - December 5, 2007
It's no coincidence that Glendale Village Council is considering charging a new fee for development, before a piece of real estate changes hands and becomes home to a 1,500-unit retirement community. The village could collect at least $1.4 million if the ...

Realtors oppose new Kaneland fee plan
Aurora Beacon News, IL - December 4, 2007
Three area Realtor associations are challenging the legality of the Kaneland School District's intergovernmental agreement establishing "school impact payments" applied on housing developments of future annexations. School Superintendent Charles McCormick ...

Raleigh City Council Set to Tackle Infill, Impact Fees
WRAL.com, NC - December 4, 2007
Mayor Charles Meeker on Thursday called for higher impact fees for new development, year-round water conservation measures and improved transit services across Raleigh.  In addition to outlining his priorities for his fourth term in office, Meeker also expressed ...

County to make developers pay more
Annapolis Capital, MD - December 2, 2007
A new report finds the fees Anne Arundel charges developers are among the lowest in the state and are woefully inadequate to cover development's true impact on the county's roads and schools. While the fees are likely to go up in the coming months as the County ...

Myword writer worries that policy ideas, not facts entering impact fee proposals
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 2, 2007
Regarding the impact fees proposed by the Lake County School Board and the article appearing in the Nov. 21 Lake section of the Orlando Sentinel, I'd like to offer the following opinions/insights: Growth should pay for any additional impact it has on our infrastructure ...

City begins impact fee process for roads
Eastern Arizona Courier, AZ - December 2, 2007
When new developments greatly increase the population of a municipality, who pays for the infrastructure to accommodate it? Several Arizona cities and towns have enacted impact fees to assist handling growth. Safford has impact fees for water and sewer ...

Meeker announces plans for city
abc11tv.com, NC - December 1, 2007
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker unveiled his top three agenda items Thursday -- the first initiatives for the new city council to tackle. Those initiatives include permanent year-round water restrictions and higher impact fees for builders. Every time a new home goes ...

 
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