Latest News: December 2008

Palm Beach County coalition pushes legislative change to waive state impact fees for affordable developments
Palm Beach Post, US - December 31, 2008
The Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County says the proposed legislation could help replenish the state's stock of affordable homes by reducing costs to builders. A coalition of business and community leaders has proposed a change to state...

Wakulla County Meeting About Impact Fees
WCTV, FL - December 29, 2008
"This 'stake holder's' meeting is intended for all interested citizens to ask any questions that they may have about the previous Impact Fee Study or impact fees in general and I encourage everyone interested to attend", said Benjamin Pingree, County Administrator...

Impact fees to go up on homes
News of Orange County, NC - December 23, 2008
The Orange County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) voted Thursday, Dec. 11, to raise the educational facilities impact fees in both school districts within the county, though Orange County Schools won't see a fee increase until 2010.  Commissioners voted 6-0 to increase...

Report: Lake can't rely on impact fees for roads
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 23, 2008
Lake County can't rely on impact fees to build new roads, a task force concluded in a report that offered 10 other possible funding options, including higher taxes. The 16-page report will get a thorough review by the Lake County Commission early next year, ...

Georgetown library depends on fee pact
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - December 20, 2008
Georgetown County and the city of Georgetown have yet to reach an agreement on collecting proposed impact fees, which could be a major factor when deciding where to put a planned library.  The county is hoping to set aside $27 million to expand and build new...

Building bust hits shopping plazas in Lee
The News-Press, FL - December 20, 2008
Lee County's commercial real estate market, which kept going strong long after homebuilding crashed three years ago, is faltering at last. That's the consensus of builders and real estate agents as the year ends with sharply reduced construction permit activity and...

Housing tax gains speed
Steamboat Pilot, CO - December 20, 2008
An alternative method to fund local affordable housing is gaining support - and not just from the developers proposing it. Board members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority agreed Thursday to support the concept of a real estate transfer tax to fund...

Georgetown County considers adding fee on building
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - December 18, 2008
The county is hoping the impact fees will help defray the cost of new roads, police departments, parks and libraries, all part of its Visions II $330 million capital improvement plan. The fees also are designed to help reduce the burden on taxpayers. "This is a very fair way to...

Planners support fees for building
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - December 18, 2008
Deciding that newcomers should pay for the infrastructure improvements needed with growth, the Georgetown County Planning Commission voted in favor of proposed impact fees Thursday night. The proposal - which calls for tacking on thousands of dollars in...

Impact fees stay, hiring freeze goes and comes
Holmes County Times Advertiser, FL - December 18, 2008
Washington County Board of County Commissioners is keeping impact fees and temporarily dropped its hiring freeze. Both actions were taken at the last regular meeting of the year Thursday afternoon.  County Attorney Gerald Holley told the Board that it would be...

Chandler water rates may be rising
Arizona Republic, AZ - December 18, 2008
Chandler water rates could ago up for the second time in two years because lagging impact fee collections may not be enough to pay treatment plant bond debts and operating expenses, said Dennis Strachota, management services director.  It's too early to know...

Commission set to hear new impact fees
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - December 17, 2008
Developers could pay several thousand extra to put up new homes and businesses in Georgetown County in 2009 under an impact fee proposal set to go before the county's planning commission Thursday. The county is hoping that impact fees will help to defray the cost...

Council gives nod to impact fee increase
Northwest Arkansas Time, AR - December 17, 2008
Developers and residents have until March 31 before Fayetteville's new impact fee rates kick in.  Aldermen voted 7-1, with Ward 3's Bobby Ferrell the lone holdout, Tuesday to see the water and wastewater impact fees jump by $700 for the construction of a...

Fayetteville Impact Fees Hikes
KHBS/KHOG 40/29, AR - December 17, 2008
It's about to get a little more expensive to build a new home in Fayetteville. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Fayetteville City Council approved raising its water and sewer impact fees. The hike will not affect people currently living in a home in Fayetteville, but...

Salem defends proposed fee hikes
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - December 16, 2008
Mayor John Salem and Council members Keith Walker and Carole Young gave their views on taxes, tourism and Kingman's economic future at a meeting of the Republican Men's Club Monday at the Elks Lodge.  Salem attempted to defend recent action taken by Council...

Water and Sewer Impact Fees May Go Up
The Morning News, AR - December 15, 2008
The cost of building a new single-family home in the city could be going up. The Fayetteville City Council will consider raising water and sewer impact fees by $700 per home. The increase would bring the water and sewer fees to $1,843.  Other fees are assessed for...

Cape utility connection fee payments extended
Winknews.com, FL - December 15, 2008
People living in Cape Coral are getting a break on the high fees to connect to city utilities.  Residents are facing an impact fee of several thousand dollars to hook up to city sewer and water; but city officials say because of the economy, many people can't afford to...

Tough decisions coming in state, local budgets
Florida Times-Union, FL - December 14, 2008
Bad times are here and more are on the way.  The same bad economy that's hurting your pocketbook is playing havoc with the state's budget, and a further strain on local government budgets can't be far behind.  As you may recall, legislators struggled during...

County raises impact fees on new homes
Chapel Hill News, NC - December 14, 2008
The Orange County commissioners approved a series of increases to impact fees on residential construction.  The new fees would raise the fee contractors pay to build new single-family homes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro by 38 percent to $6,092 on Jan. 1. On Jan. 1, ...

Impact fee decision expected Tuesday
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - December 14, 2008
A decision on the impact fee appeal filed by Coweta County Medical Office Investors will once again be on the agenda of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.  The board will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the county commission chambers on Perry Street. The...

Cape looks to adjust utility expansion loan program
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - December 14, 2008
Property owners in the recently completed utility expansion area who have paid their assessments but are having difficulty coming up with the fees related to hook-up may get some help from the city of Cape Coral. A last minute add-on to Monday's council agenda will...

Orange County commissioners approve increasing impact fees on homes
News & Observer, NC - December 12, 2008
Orange County commissioners approved a series of increases to impact fees on residential construction. The new fees would raise the fee contractors pay to build new single-family homes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro by 38 percent to $6,092 on Jan. 1. A year later, the...

Kittery impact fees approved for new construction
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - December 11, 2008
The purpose of the ordinance is to capture revenue on construction that impacts public safety in the town, and put that revenue into a dedicated account for public safety needs such as facilities and equipment. "It's meant to protect the community in growth by...

Vote on impact fee increase nears
Chapel Hill News, NC - December 10, 2008
Orange County commissioners agree they've waited too long to raise impact fees on new construction to help pay for new schools needed for new families moving into Orange County. But they also agree that now, in the midst of a historic economic collapse, is a terrible time...

Port Royal council delays action on proposed fire impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - December 10, 2008
Under the proposed plan, both Beaufort and Port Royal would collect fire impact fees from developers building new residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. Affordable housing developments would be exempt. The revenue would be used to fund a new shared...

Self-Imposed 'Impact Fees'
Flathead Beacon, MT - December 9, 2008
Averill and his partners began assessing what basically amounts to a voluntary impact fee, legally requiring 0.5 percent of each lot sold to go to the foundation. A board made up of community members then gifts the monies annually to local non-profits. The donation will...

Umatilla considering water/wastewater impact fee hike
Daily Commercial, FL - December 8, 2008
City leaders are proposing to raise city water and sewer impact fees on new construction in anticipation of needed future upgrades to those systems. Council members gave first reading this week to an ordinance increasing the fees, and making a 6-month window for...

DHS council to mull developer fees today
The Desert Sun, CA - December 8, 2008
Desert Hot Springs City Council will study a proposal to raise the city's developer impact fees 4 p.m. today at the Carl May Community Center. The meeting comes on the heels of a recently published "Master Facility Plan" and "Developer Impact Fee Report" that...

Lot Lines: OKC impact fees
The Journal Record, OK - December 5, 2008
The controversy over Oklahoma City’s desire to enact impact fees on developers is heating up as a majority of local residential and commercial developers remain strongly opposed to the current proposal. A recent study showing the city’s 10-year growth trend...

City mulls future of its impact fees
The Kaufman Herald, TX - December 4, 2008
"Impact fees are taxes, and taxes are only reasonable when they are fair," said Councilman Gil Altom Jr., who opposes continuing to charge impact fees in Kaufman. "Impact fees single out particular citizens (new residents or businesses) and assess an extra tax on them. ...

Emmitsburg adjusts water, sewer fees
Frederick News Post, MD - December 3, 2008
About 20 percent of the town's water and sewer system customers will see an increase in their quarterly bills beginning in January. Commissioners voted Monday to increase rates for those who use more than 20,000 gallons per quarter. Customers above that...

Commissioner: Freeze commercial impact fees
Florida Today, FL - December 3, 2008
Warning of "impending doom" at Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County Commissioner Andy Anderson wants to slap a moratorium on commercial impact fees.  Anderson, who took office last month, pitched his proposal during Tuesday's Brevard County Commission...

Martin County's impact fees could be reduced on new business buildings
Stuart News, FL - December 3, 2008
Martin County's impact fees on new construction will be updated in four months, possibly with lower fees on some new business facilities to promote economic development, the County commission decided Tuesday. The commissioners also decided to ask James Nicholas, ...

Culpeper nixes transportation fees
The Free Lance-Star, VA - December 3, 2008
Swayed in part by public opinion, the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors last night voted against imposing a countywide transportation impact fee. The margin was razor thin, 4-3, and the debate was at times heated. But in the end the majority felt that...

Impact fee plan hits the highway
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - December 3, 2008
The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors put the brakes on implementing a transportation impact fee. The board voted 4-3 Tuesday to deny a proposed impact fee that would have essentially raised funding for specific road-improvement projects. Supervisors...

Emmitsburg reduces surcharge, impact fees
Gettysburg Times, PA - December 2, 2008
The Emmitsburg Town Council voted unanimously Monday evening to reduce the municipality's water and sewer surcharges and impact fee.  In addition, water and sewer use rates for heavy-use water and sewer customers were increased.  Consideration of a possible...

Wakulla impact fee decision delayed
Tallahassee Democrat, FL - December 1, 2008
Wakulla County Commissioners told Commission Chairman Howard Kessler they didn't want to vote on his request to reimpose the county's impact fee on new development.  Sept. 9, the Commission voted 3-2 to impose a one-year moratorium on collecting the fees, ...

 
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