Latest News: December 2010

Impact fees losing impact as development slows
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - December 31, 2010
Most local governments are looking for ways to create new streams of revenue, but in Cherokee, county officials decided to reduce fees for developers in hopes of spurring new growth. So-called impact fees are added as a way to offset the cost of building new roads, ...

Art for art's sake
Pasadena Weekly, CA - December 30, 2010
While Glendale decides how to spend its coming windfall from a recently approved development set-aside for public art projects, Pasadena officials are wondering what to do in Northwest Pasadena with money available for art from a similar law enacted before ...

Impact fee moratorium not best way to boost economy
News Chief, FL - December 30, 2010
The Polk County Commission's extension of the impact fee moratorium is a local version of the Federal Reserve's Wall Street bailout. They're bailing out developers at the expense of the rest of us. It's more trickle-down economics that have been proven not to ...

Cummings: Clay County Commission to study revenue options
Florida Times-Union, FL - December 30, 2010
Clay County Commission Chairman Travis Cummings ended 2010 by creating two task forces to study the county's most pressing need - declining revenues - and make recommendations by next summer. One of the task forces will study how best to fund the county's ...

Fee moratorium continues
Nassau County Record, FL - December 29, 2010
The Nassau County Commission voted Dec. 13 to continue the county's moratorium on impact fees for another year. At Commissioner Danny Leeper's suggestion, the commission also voted to create a task force to investigate whether to rescind the fees ...

Possible moratorium on Burgaw water line impact fees
WECT-TV6, NC - December 28, 2010
A project to bring an apartment building to Burgaw might not get off the ground, unless the town can drop the fees related to doing business. An impact fee is what is standing in the way of one man's goal of starting the construction of a nearly 1.5 million- dollar ...

Grand jury probe of Broward schools appears focused on construction
Sun-Sentinel, FL - December 28, 2010
A statewide grand jury on public corruption has been investigating the Broward School District for nearly a year under a customary veil of secrecy. But some details have emerged that indicate it is honing in on the district's massive construction spending program. ...

East Naples church figuring how to come up with $245,000 in county impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - December 26, 2010
The new building is finally open. But now New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd., has another hurdle to overcome: Figuring out how to pay the impact fees. The East Naples church asked Collier County commissioners in mid-December to allow officials to pay more than ...

Park impact fee debate to continue
Daytona Beaach News-Journal, FL - December 25, 2010
Some lower impact fees are in the works but city officials will continue to address the issue in the new year. While the City Council unanimously approved a measure to lower non-residential fire impact fees from 54 cents per square foot to 25 cents per square foot, the ...

Water and sewer impact fees temporarily waived by Fredonia Town Council
Southern Utah News. UT - December 22, 2010
The Fredonia Town Council had a long night last Tuesday as they discussed several important issues that impact the community including taxes and impact fees. The council first discussed the town’s Use Tax and Sales Tax at length. Town Clerk TinaMarie ...

Builders won't receive break on impact fees
Chagrin Valley Publishing, OH - December 22, 2010
Reducing impact fees, also known as system-development fees, may not be the City of Chardon's answer to bringing more residential development. City Council agreed last week that attempting to lower the fees charged to developers based on their developments' ...

Judge rejects Atherton motion to dismiss road impact fee lawsuit
San Jose Mercury News, CA - December 21, 2010
A judge has refused to dismiss a development company's lawsuit that seeks to recover $298,000 in road maintenance fees it alleges Atherton illegally charged. In a statement issued Monday, the town acknowledged that a San Mateo County Superior Court judge on ...

BCC votes to lower impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - December 20, 2010
The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved this week reductions in library and general government buildings impact fee rates. As a result of decreasing land and construction costs, library impact fees have been reduced between 44 percent and 62 percent ...

BCC extends impact fees moratorium six months
Clay Today Online, FL - December 17, 2010
Clay County Commissioners have extended a moratorium on collecting the county’s transportation impact fees. At their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 14, Commissioners voted unanimously to continue the moratorium on the fees until July 1, 2011. The moratorium, ...

Ohio Supreme Court to hear impact fee case
Cincinnati.com, OH - December 16, 2010
The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a case that could decide the future of impact fees collected by townships. The state's highest court will make the final determination of whether a home-rule township in Ohio - in this case Hamilton Township ...

Positive Impact
Gulf Coast Business Review, FL - December 16, 2010
Just a few years ago, local governments around the Gulf Coast were in a race to the top to increase impact fees on new development. Such fees range from a few thousand dollars to more than $20,000 for a home, and to tens of thousands of dollars per 1,000 square ...

Highland council votes to extend development impact fee credit
San Bernardino Sun, CA - December 15, 2010
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a 25 percent development impact fee credit through 2011 and add another 5 percent. Council members called the move a good faith effort to be business friendly and hopefully stimulate residential and ...

Commissioners to consider transportation fees for new developments
Colorado Springs Gazette, CO - December 15, 2010
El Paso County Commissioners today will consider a county-wide transportation impact fee for builders of new residential and commercial developments. "We've had no consistent process of determining who pays for roads. The plan is to have a fair and ...

Local impact fee fight goes to the Ohio Supreme Court
Middletown Journal, OH - December 15, 2010
A local fight over the legality of impact fees will be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court. The state’s highest court agreed to listen to arguments if impact fees that Hamilton Twp. imposed on new homes built in southern Warren County is legal or a form of taxation. ...

Pasco School Board OKs plan to seek 'impact fee'
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA - December 15, 2010
The Pasco School Board unanimously agreed Tuesday to ask Franklin County and the city of Pasco to adopt an "impact fee" on new construction in the school district that could be used to provide facilities for new students who come with development. The ...

Clay commission extends transportation impact fee moratorium
Florida Times-Union, FL - December 14, 2010
The Clay County Commission has extended a moratorium on collection of the county's transportation impact fee, which was scheduled to expire Dec. 31. The commission approved an ordinance today that extends the moratorium through June 30, 2011. ...

Riverton moves to lower construction fees
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - December 14, 2010
Construction could boom in Riverton, if the city follows through on a plan to make itself more attractive to builders. Next month, the city will consider lowering its impact fees for new construction, a move designed to make building more appealing, while lowering the ...

Surprise City Council OKs internal loans
Arizona Republic, AZ - December 13, 2010
The Surprise City Council on Thursday discussed the following items. Vote to authorize a series of internal loans to correct improperly documented fund transfers. The loans are intended to help the city recover nearly $73 million that was misspent over the past decade. ...

Moratorium yielding results
Polk County Democrat, FL - December 13, 2010
Representatives from the construction and related industries are pleased. Their message to Polk County Commissioners on Dec. 1 was heard loud and clear: The six month impact fee moratorium is not enough. Extend it at least 18 months to two years — preferably ...

Board discusses trash, impact fees
Santa Rosa Press Gazette, FL - December 12, 2010
Santa Rosa’s Board of County Commissioners are doing everything they can to stimulate the local economy when it comes for builders. To help encourage continued growth, Santa Rosa County Commissioner voted to extend the suspension of transportation ...

Merced cuts fees to entice developer to start south side housing project
Merced Sun-Star, FL - December 10, 2010
Merced Meadows, a neighborhood in South Merced, is the name of the first major housing construction the city has seen in more than 18 months. It's also an affordable housing project on the city's neglected South Side. The groundbreaking ceremony was the culmination ...

Commissioners rebuff new impact fee that would benefit schools
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA - December 9, 2010
Franklin County commissioners are not willing to charge builders a fee to raise money for new Pasco school facilities. Pasco School District officials have been planning to ask Pasco and Franklin County to adopt an "impact fee" on new construction in the district that could ...

Editorial: Lee impact fees need full review
The News-Press, FL - December 9, 2010
Lee County commissioners moved in the right direction Tuesday by reducing county road impact fees for new medical office space, but they need to review their whole impact fee structure. The fees are one-time charges designed to help pay for the impact of ...

County to Impose New Developer Impact Fees?
Valley Voice, CA - December 9, 2010
Aproposal by the Board of Supervisors to impose new, county-wide developer impact fees on all new construction is being met with fierce opposition by local builders – and appears to have only lukewarm support from cities around Tulare County. Following a public ...

Regional Water Board Overreach Could Cost Region Billions
The Sacramento Press, CA - December 9, 2010
This Thursday the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board (CVWQCB) will be convening a hearing regarding the newly proposed Wastewater Discharge Permit for the Sacramento Regional Sanitation District (SRSD). The Discharge Permit as currently written would ...

New Bellingham law provides traffic fee discounts for some developers
Bellingham Herald, WA - December 8, 2010
City law starting Jan. 1, 2011, will allow up to 50 percent discounts on transportation impact fees for developers who build in specific locations and take steps to reduce their project's traffic impacts. Bellingham City Council on Monday, Dec. 6, voted 5-2 to approve ...

Culpeper approves impact fees
The Free Lance-Star, VA - December 8, 2010
Despite overwhelming opposition from the business community and residents, Culpeper last night became the first county in Virginia to adopt traffic impact fees under 2008 legislation. The vote was 4-3 with Chairman Bradley Rosenberger, Sue Hansohn, Larry Aylor and ...

Impact fee ordinance causes some disagreement at Dorchester County Council meeting
WCBD, SC - December 7, 2010
Cold weather did not freeze Dorchester County residents from turning out to the county council meeting Monday. The council voted 6 to 1 passing a fee on new businesses and homes in the lower portion of the county. The council passed the second reading earlier this year ...

Bellingham lawmakers reduce Transportation Impact Fees
KGMI, WA - December 7, 2010
Developers will be shelling out less money next year to the City of Bellingham to help offset traffic congestion caused by new development. The city council on Monday night approved a Transportation Impact Fee for next year that is $5 less than the ...

Developer Asks for $75525 Impact Fee Waiver
Patch, IL - December 7, 2010
Developers of the senior housing community Zurich Meadows, 250 Mohawk Trail, have requested waiver of a $75,525 impact fee from Community Unit School District 95. They made their request at the Dec. 2 Committee of the Whole meeting. Carefree Development, ...

Marco Council''s 7-0 vote delays changes in controversial restauarant impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - December 7, 2010
Restaurant owners looking to expand may want to put such plans on the backburner for now. Marco Island City Council voted (7-0) to table the idea of approving a moratorium on restaurant impact fees. Several restaurant owners on Marco Island were crying foul about ...

Investigation uncovers millions mismanaged in Surprise
YourWestValley.com, AZ - December 7, 2010
The Surprise City Council will discuss options Thursday night on how best the city can recover financially after a city investigation uncovered that former city officials mismanaged millions of dollars over the course of the past decade to pay for the new City Hall ...

Lee County reduces fees to spur business growth
Naples Daily News - December 7, 2010
Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida, a successful medical practice looking to expand, has been stifled for almost two years. Its two surgeons have more patients than they can handle, but the most likely option for growth involved paying about $200,000 in county ...

Dorchester County to vote on fees
ABC NEWS 4, SC - December 5, 2010
It could be a council heated meeting Monday night in St. George. The controversial transportation impact fee is up for a final vote after months of debate. The proposal would essentially charge some home builders in the county a fee. That money would then be used ...

Who's responsible for $8M in uncollected municipal money?
The Hudson Reporter, NJ - December 5, 2010
Let the finger-pointing begin. The recent announcement by the Town Council that Secaucus failed to collect a $194,000 impact fee owed by a developer – on top of millions more in uncollected fees and fines owed to the town – has past town officials out swinging. ...

Surprise accounting goofs accumulate to $73 million bill
Arizona Republic, AZ - December 4, 2010
Surprise mismanaged tens of millions of dollars over the past decade and built a glimmering new $61 million City Hall with funds that were improperly accounted for, according to a city investigation. Poorly trained finance employees were shuffling money from one account ...

Lee student enrollment rising again, more school construction planned
Naples Daily News, FL - December 4, 2010
A surprise sign that the recession’s grasp has loosened may be evidenced in Lee County’s classrooms. The Lee County School District is on its way to seeing two years of student population growth and once again considering building new schools and buying land. ...

Tulare County plans new impact fees
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - December 3, 2010
Fees to build new homes, offices, stores and other buildings in Tulare County likely will increase, but how much and how those fees will be used may become a point of contention with the construction industry. County supervisors this week approved a resolution to ...

Tulare County eyes fees on construction
Porterville Recorder, CA - December 3, 2010
The first step in a process to begin charging development impact fees on construction in the county, and maybe adding fees to construction within incorporated cities, was begun by Tulare County Supervisors on Tuesday. On a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Phil Cox voting no, ...

Bellingham to consider allowing discounts on traffic impact fees
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - December 3, 2010
The transit authority, anti-sprawl group Futurewise and Associated General Contractors of Washington are all applauding a draft law that would give developers discounts on transportation fees if they meet certain conditions. The City Council on Monday, Dec. 6, will hold a ...

Sarasota County weighs cutting some impact fees, hoping for job growth
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - December 2, 2010
Call it a fiscal Band-Aid or a mini stimulus package: The Sarasota County Commission hopes to slash impact fees on new homes to sway residential and commercial builders to bring new life to the struggling local economy. To fight the county's 12 percent ...

Impact fee moratorium extended
News Chief, FL - December 2, 2010
On Wednesday, Polk County Commissioners extended the impact fee moratorium on business development for another 18 months. The moratorium was set to end on Feb. 1, 2011, but will now end on July 31, 2012. By that time, commissioners hope the economy ...

Dist. 95 on way to waiving fee for developer
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - December 2, 2010
Developers of a proposed seniors apartment complex in Lake Zurich may get a break on a developer fee typically paid to a local school district because of the expectation it won't have any children living there. Lake Zurich Unit District 95 board members Thursday night ...

City Mulls Plan to Impose Tax on Commercial Real Estate to Pay for Transportation Projects
Patch, VA - December 1, 2010
The City of Alexandria is beginning to look at ways to pay for key transportation projects and is inviting residents to have a say in its decision-making process as it considers raising commercial real estate taxes. The city is considering adding a tax onto the ...

Impact fee moratorium could expire
Polk County Democrat, FL - December 1, 2010
County commissioners Wednesday will consider one of four options on the six month impact fee moratorium. The first two options call for the moratorium to expire Feb. 1, with one alternative calling for an impact fee re-imposed at 50 percent, or the second alternative, ...

 
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