Latest News: April 2011
Limits on impact fees could lead to higher taxes for residents
Ahwatukee Foothills News, AZ - April 30, 2011
A sweeping change to Arizona's impact fees on new houses should mean homebuyers will see their money put to use faster, but critics warn communities could have to hike taxes on existing residents. Some of the reforms will take effect as late as 2014 and will ...
New law restricts impact fees on new homes
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - April 30, 2011
A new law governing municipal impact fees will force Prescott and Prescott Valley to place fees on commercial and industrial construction. Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law last week, and all the members of the Legislature representing Yavapai County ...
Hall County Commission strikes deal on impact fees
Gainesville Times, GA - April 30, 2011
The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided Thursday to defer impact fee collection until a certificate of occupancy is issued for a building. After commissioners listened to a presentation on Hall County's history of impact fees and heard comments from residents, they decided to strike a compromise between placing a moratorium on impact fees through December 2012 and leaving them alone. ...
CS Council Rejects New Home Impact Fees
WTAW, TX - April 29, 2011
Homebuilders and buyers in College Station won’t be facing new impact fees to pay for water and wastewater lines associated with new home construction. The city council voted 4-2 Thursday against adding $3,000 to pay in advance for new water and wastewater ...
Tulare County may add fees to city projects
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - April 28, 2011
Tulare County officials are preparing to raise the cost of building new homes and businesses, and it won't matter where in the county they're built. That's because officials not only want to charge development impact fees for new construction in ...
Levy or Labor? Tehama County impact fee debate renewed
Contra Costa Times, CA - April 28, 2011
Discussion about Development Impact Fees was resurrected at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, as contentious comments filtered into an informational presentation. This month marks the end of a six-month program hiatus that began in October. ...
Transportation impact fee incentive suggested
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - April 28, 2011
Culpeper County Supervisor Larry Aylor has an alternative to delaying for a year the implementation of transportation impact fees — a financial incentive to encourage businesses to come anyway. Aylor introduced the idea to the town-county interaction committee at Wednesday evening’s meeting, the committee’s first gathering in eight months. He brought the idea forward as an informational item ...
Bloomingdale officials abolish impact fees
Savannah Morning News, GA - April 27, 2011
It costs a lot less to build in Bloomingdale this week than it did last week. In an effort to combat stagnant growth in the far-west Chatham County municipality, Bloomingdale City Council voted April 21 to do away with impact fees. “It was a growth-killer,” ...
If you want to spend it, raise it
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - April 27, 2011
Once upon a time, we paid taxes to local governments and, in exchange, local governments provided services. County supervisors and members of the city council levied taxes. It was all open and public, and the meetings where tax rates were set were the most heavily attended of the year. . ... ...
Brewer signs bill limiting development impact feesý
East Valley Tribune , AZ - April 26, 2011
Arizona cities are going to lose some of their powers to assess fees on new developments. Legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer will require cities to come up with very specific plans of improvements they say will be needed because of new subdivisions ...
New Port Richey Mulls County Mobility Fee System
Patch.com, FL - April 25, 2011
On paper, it's 34 pages of cement-dense drudgery, but somewhere within the engineer-speak and legalese of Pasco County's proposed mobility fee program there are promises of substantial savings for new home builders within the city of New Port Richey. ...
Schools chief should step up to the plate
Tampabay.com, FL - April 24, 2011
There is a Louisville Slugger baseball bat sitting in the office of the Pasco school superintendent. The handle is adorned in pink, and it is personalized with the name of its owner — Heather Fiorentino. You have to wonder if it has been swung a few times over the ...
Cutting impact fees not right idea
Tbo.com, FL - April 17, 2011
At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the government center in New Port Richey the Pasco County Commission will vote on reducing impact fees. This includes impact fees collected by the county, but also those collected for the Pasco County School Board specifically to pay ...
Impact fee cuts the answer?
Tampabay.com,FL - April 16, 2011
Pasco County commissioners are poised this week to cut special fees on new homes that help pay for schools, after already slashing similar fees for roads and other services. They say the temporary cuts will help revive a moribund home building industry. But there's a ...
Browbeating misses the point in debate over impact fee
Tampabay.com, FL - April 16, 2011
The push to stimulate the Pasco economy has turned into an embarrassing shove from members of the building community intent on bullying elected school district officials into kowtowing to an impact fee reduction. In a series of rhetoric-escalating e-mails, ...
Hall Commission hears call for impact fee moratorium
Access North Georgia, GA - April 16, 2011
President of the Hall County Home Builders Association Carl Williams called on county commissioners Thursday to impose a moratorium on impact fees. Williams said he's seen signs of recovery, but the home builders need all the help they can get when it comes ...
Impact fee cuts would hurt crowded schools
Tampabay.com - April 14, 2011
Supporters of a plan to halve the fee assessed on new homes to help pay for school construction contend the debate has been muddied by misinformation about school district spending, building plans, employment, state budget cuts and emotional pleas of hurting ...
Housing impact fee waivers scaled down
Examiner.com - April 13, 2011
Business builders that create jobs will have to pay for increasing the workforce where there is not enough housing available. The city council decided Tuesday, April 12 to limit waiver applications to industrial and medical developers. The waivers end for retail ...
Effingham commissioners reduce impact fees
Savannah Morning News, GA - April 10, 2011
Construction in Effingham County may have gotten a boost when commissioners agreed last week to eliminate some impact fees. The portion of impact fees collected in the county for parks, public safety and recreation will drop to zero for all types of new building, ...
Impact fee suit may not be over
Annapolis Capital, MD - April 8, 2011
The attorneys representing homeowners in a decade-long lawsuit over impact fees have contested last month's ruling, arguing residents are due dramatically more money from the county government. Attorney John R. Greiber Jr. asked Circuit Court ...
Rifts remain as Houston Council passes 'pay-as-you-go' program
Cypress Sun News, TX - April 8, 2011
Following a marathon session voting on several proposed amendments, Houston City Council overwhelmingly passed an ordinance Wednesday implementing a "pay-as-you-go" street and drainage improvements program. But that doesn't mean the ...
Impact-fee measure costly, burdensome
Arizona Republic, AZ - April 8, 2011
A March 11 front-page story in The Arizona Republic featured a bold, truth-telling headline: "Census data: Arizona overbuilt during housing boom." The article highlights that communities around Arizona are still grappling with the impacts stemming from enormous ...
Developers to see higher impact fees in Pine
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - April 7, 2011
Pine supervisors Monday approved an ordinance that raises the fees under the Transportation Improvement Program from $948 to $1,300. Commonly known as an impact fee, the charge is paid by developers for each morning and evening car trip generated by the proposed ...
Teachers hope to rally opposition to fee cuts
MyFox Tampa Bay, FL - April 7, 2011
Teachers understand pressure. Imagine standing in front of a group of eight graders preparing for a major algebra exam. Teachers in Pasco County say they face the pressure of getting the public to understand the complex issue of impact fees in less than two ...
Pasco commission reverts to costly ways
Tbo.com, FL - April 7, 2011
Lest anyone had any doubt who controls Pasco County government, it was made clear Tuesday when county commissioners agreed to reduce the impact fee that helps fund construction of new schools. Commissioners fell for the development industry's tired old song- ...
Culpeper may delay traffic-impact fees
The Free Lance-Star, VA - April 6, 2011
Developers in Culpeper may get a one-year reprieve on a traffic-impact fee. The county Board of Supervisors yesterday voted 5-2 to possibly hold off implementing enforcement of the impact-fee ordinance for another year. Passed last fall, the ordinance was ...
Why is Pasco putting roads before children?
Tampabay.com, FL - April 6, 2011
Pasco commissioners are more concerned about motorists than schoolchildren. As a result, they are preparing to cut by half the education impact fee assessed on new residential construction while finding new revenue to pay for transportation. It's an imbalance ...
Impact fee cut means teacher layoffs
MyFox Tampa Bay, FL - April 5, 2011
A plan to create hundreds of new jobs in Pasco County's beleaguered homebuilding business could cost hundreds of people in the school district their jobs, teachers included. That is the dilemma facing Pasco County Commissioners. "We have to be Solomon for ...
Redding to freeze fees
Record-Searchlight, CA - April 5, 2011
Redding will freeze building and impact fees for a year or two to take some pressure off the recession-hammered construction trades. The City Council this evening agreed to roll back a 4.2-percent fee hike that kicked in Jan. 15 and keep fees at that level for at least ...
Hagerstown City Council reluctant to waive 2004 road impact fee
The Herald-Mail, MD - April 5, 2011
The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday night was reluctant to waive a 2004 road impact fee without revisiting the intent of its creation. Representatives of three properties off Eastern Boulevard asked the council to waive its Eastern Boulevard road assessment fee, ...
Council inches forward on city of Williams impact fee evaluation
Williams Grand Canyon News, AZ - April 5, 2011
Restructuring impact fees isn't an overnight process. At a Williams City Council work session held March 31, city of Williams Finance Director Joe Duffy set out a timeline to evaluate and change impact fees that won't likely be completed until sometime in early 2012. ...
Homebuilders to appeal fee ruling
Charleston Post Courier, SC - April 4, 2011
Suburban Dorchester County families will continue to wait for relief from crowded schools while a lawsuit over a creative way to help pay for new buildings wends its way through the courts. A circuit judge last week dismissed a lawsuit brought by two homebuilder ...
County Leaders Set To Discuss School Budget Concerns
Patch.com, FL - April 4, 2011
Pasco County School Board members and County Commissioners will sit down today, April 4, to address a proposal that would reduce or eliminate impact fees that help fund school construction. On one side of the issue are school board members who say the district is ...
Pasco commissioners consider cutting impact fees over School Board's protests
Tampabay.com, FL - April 4, 2011
Pasco County commissioners are poised to reduce the fee on new homes that helps pay for school construction, even as they heard Monday from School Board members who said such cuts could lead to layoffs for more school employees. The push to reduce so-called ...
Mary Machado: Fee freeze would spur building and jobs
Record-Searchlight, CA - April 3, 2011
At Tuesday's Redding City Council meeting, Jerry Wagar, president of Ochoa and Shehan Builders, and I will present a proposal to eliminate the annual inflationary increases being applied to building and development impact fees. Why? Let me explain. Our local economy...
Freeze fees, group to ask
Record-Searchlight, CA - April 2, 2011
Construction industry advocates will lobby the Redding City Council for a five-year fee freeze meant to revive the building trades — or at least stop the bleeding. The council on Tuesday will consider a proposal from Mary Machado and Jerry Wagar to cap fees and ...
Fees having bad 'Impact' on economy?
Morgan County Citizen, GA - April 1, 2011
Business leaders, manufacturers and builders called for an end to the city of Madison impact fees Monday night. At the Madison City Council regular meeting, the council heard criticism toward the fees with several citizens charging that the fees were bad for business ...
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