Latest News: May 2007

School Board to consider fee increase
St. Petersburg Times, FL - May 31, 2007
Building schools is getting downright expensive. And the inches-thick Pasco School Board agenda for Tuesday offers stark testament to just how much it costs to keep a growing school district flush with classrooms. In one evening, the board ...

Impact fees for new homes to jump in July
Business Gazette, MD - May 31, 2007
The impact fees charged to homebuilders in Frederick County will jump 13.16 percent on July 1, frustrating builders who are struggling with a slump in new home sales.‘‘Thirteen percent is certainly pretty steep,” said Bryan Patchan, ...

New impact fees proposed; County board studies implementation of new charges
Newszap Florida, FL - May 30, 2007
Hendry County officials may implementing new fees to take advantage of new development countywide. The hope is that entities coming into the county will pay impact fees that will take the need for funding capital facility improvements ...

Cape mayor drops idea for non-utility fee
The News-Press, FL - May 30, 2007
Cape Coral Mayor Eric Feichthaler wishes more people would build in areas served by utilities, but he says there’s an incentive to choose areas where wells and septic tanks are used. Feichthaler has dropped an idea to charge a water-...

Charities may be free of Kane road fees
Chicago Tribune, IL - May 30, 2007
Most charitable organizations would be exempt from paying Kane County road improvement impact fees on any new construction, and many that have paid them already could qualify for rebates, with the anticipated adoption next ...

Walton Weighs Impact Fees
FireFighting News.com, FL - May 28, 2007
The cost of development in Walton County could go up if officials approve a plan to charge impact fees on new construction. The fees will pay for additional fire stations and equipment for Walton County Fire Rescue.  The Walton County Commission is considering ...

Cities, county re-evaluate impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - May 26, 2007
In a few months, a new home in Belgrade will cost $9,172 more than it does now. A new home in Manhattan might cost $4,300 more. New houses in Bozeman and the rest of Gallatin County also could see their price tags go up. The price ...

Florence reduces fee hike
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ - May 26, 2007
Town officials and their consultant made some changes and corrections to their calculations of Florence's new impact fees, to make the increases less severe when they take effect on Aug. 20. The council also agreed to continue  ...

SB 1036 not a fix-all, but should be passed
The Times, OR - May 24, 2007
Fees on new development would provide some help to K-12 public schools dealing with rapid population growth or aging school buildings, but they are far from a complete solution.  Oregon legislators and ardent supporters of K-12 public ...

Bonner County moving toward impact fees
- May 24, 2007
Bonner County plans to put itself in the running to become one of the first counties in Idaho to implement development impact fees.  Commissioners unanimously agreed on Tuesday to begin seeking out consulting firms to guide the county ...

Sarasota County eyes yet more impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - May 23, 2007
Sarasota County's impact fees could become the second most expensive in the state by the end of the summer.  The county recently approved two rounds of impact fee hikes that will raise the fees, which are one-time taxes on building, ...

Bigger fees for new homes, businesses OK'd by Lebanon
Middletown Journal, OH - May 23, 2007
Lebanon City Council approved new fees that city officials say will charge developers for the impact new homes and businesses have on the city's parks and roads. The fees are based on a study by Bethesda, Md.-based TischlerBise and ...

Impact fees could take steep rise in Indian River County
Stuart News, FL - May 23, 2007
The cost of a new home in the county could increase by more than $7,000 to offset growth if the County Commission adopts a consultant's calculations in coming months. And that would put Indian River County's impact fees, already the ...

County may raise subdivision fees
The Missoulian, MT - May 21, 2007
A proposal before county commissioners this week to increase land-use permit fees - primarily on developers - may cause slightly higher housing prices for future homeowners. It's been more than a decade since the county has bumped up ...

North Port considers halting impact fee hike
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - May 20, 2007
City commissioners are considering backing off a planned increase in construction impact fees, tampering with the most direct way that development is supposed to pay for ...

Barrow BOC to consider rezonings, impact fee study
Gwinnett Daily Post, GA - May 20, 2007
Is Barrow County ready to implement impact fees? Barrow County Commissioners will consider in Tuesday's commission meeting whether to continue with the impact fee ...

North Port considers halting impact fee hike
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - May 20, 2007
City commissioners are considering backing off a planned increase in construction impact fees, tampering with the most direct way that development is supposed to pay for itself in North Port.  Commissioners say the increases, approved ...

Commission to review water, wastewater impact fee updates
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - May 20, 2007
The Bozeman City Commission Monday night reviews possible updates to the impact fees charged for water and wastewater that could bring up assessments by as much as 59 percent.  Impact fees are one-time charges for utility ...

Barrow BOC to consider rezonings, impact fee study
Gwinnett Daily Post, GA - May 20, 2007
Is Barrow County ready to implement impact fees? Barrow County Commissioners will consider in Tuesday’s commission meeting whether to continue with the impact fee study, for which they paid Ross and Associates $22,608. Impact fees ...

Interstate 5 fee is painful but necessary
Record-Searchlight, CA - May 19, 2007
Should local home builders and buyers be on the hook for improving our interstate highway? They might not have a choice.  Regional road planners are working to persuade city and county governments from Corning to Shasta Lake to ...

Planners OK proposed fees; Impact fees proposal to go before council
Newszap Florida, FL - May 18, 2007
The City Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals had a full agenda at their meeting on Thursday, May 17.  Following procedure, the board found the city impact ...

Economist warns county about impact of fee hike
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - May 18, 2007
The proposal put forward by Sarasota County commissioners to raise impact fees by 58 to 327 percent during the next two years sent enough of a shock wave through the ...

Impact fees get airing in Farragut
Knoxville News Sentinel (subscription), TN - May 17, 2007
A presentation Wednesday night on proposed impact fees for the town of Farragut sparked a lively debate among builders, developers, real estate agents and the town's ...

City faces lawsuit for sewer, impact fees
Daily Home Online, AL - May 17, 2007
The St. Clair County Home Builders Association, along with two local builders, filed a lawsuit against the city for enacting new sewer and impact fees. The lawsuit, filed ...

Tarpon may triple impact fee
St. Petersburg Times, FL - May 16, 2007
Commissioners want new development in this quaint, Mediterranean-flavored city. But they also want the newcomers to pay their way. Which is why the City Commission is ...

County debates impact fee waiver
Pahrump Valley Times, NV - May 16, 2007
A bill to waive impact fees for businesses that provide more than 50 jobs was put on hold by Nye County commissioners earlier this month, after objections were registered ...

Impact fees fairly fund school construction
Allentown Morning Call, PA - May 14, 2007
A more balanced approach to funding school expansion would be to impose educational impact fees for new housing developments. On May 15th school districts will ask ...

Cut of impact fees a prudent decision
The Olympian, WA - May 13, 2007
Members of the Olympia City Council have cut school impact fees for multifamily developments in downtown Olympia.  It's a wise decision backed up by careful analysis. For a ...

Could growth hobble Wake?
News & Observer, NC - May 12, 2007
Apex bills itself as "the peak of good living," but after parents there successfully sued to block one solution to school crowding -- mandatory year-round schools -- the motto morphed ...

Sell house, pay tax, count blessings
News & Observer, NC - May 12, 2007
Tax my home? Why, who's the conniving rascal who would tax my home? Oh, you mean they can do that? They already do it? (Slaps forehead): The property tax! What were ...

Yuma City Council could vote on 39 percent increase of impact fees
Yuma Sun, AZ - May 12, 2007
The city of Yuma's new impact fees could be in effect by Aug. 14. The Yuma City Council could approve the new fee structure Wednesday during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. ... 

Commentary: Impact fees are not right for city of Lafayette
The Daily Advertiser, LA - May 12, 2007
The Acadian Home Builders Association knows that Lafayette Parish faces many challenges because of rapid growth. Some believe that imposing impact fees on new construction is ...

Farragut looking at impact fee on houses
Knoxville News Sentinel (subscription), TN - May 12, 2007
Developers aren't happy that Farragut officials are considering an ordinance that would place an impact fee on new construction to defray the cost of infrastructure ...

Effingham impact fee guarantee disputed
Savannah Morning News, GA - May 11, 2007
Effingham County's former interim administrator says a developer claiming he was promised discounted impact fees is wrong. "I had no authority to 'freeze' the fees and we ...

Council wonders - what will be impact of higher fees?
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ - May 10, 2007
New impact fees were a major topic Monday, accounting for more than an hour of discussion. The town's new study supports raising the current fee on a new single family home ...

Yuba City, developers still far apart on impact fee
Appeal-Democrat, CA - May 9, 2007
After years of studies that devised a sharply higher Yuba City impact fee for roads, buildings and city facilities, a big gap remains between builders and the city.  A consultant ...

Collier eyes fees to help build roads
Naples Daily News, FL - May 9, 2007
Fees charged to builders to construct their projects would be increased substantially under a controversial plan to cover a $182 million shortfall in Collier County's five-year ...

Impact Fee, Panhandling Decisions Delayed
Springdale Morning News, AR - May 9, 2007
Two issues involving collections, one charitable and one governmental, were tabled Tuesday in an effort to give them both more study.  The Rogers City Council agreed to delay ...

Workshop to reveal results of impact fees study
Brownsville Herald, TX - May 9, 2007
The scope of the third study on impact fees seems to have been expanded from its original intent, some city and Brownsville Public Utilities Board officials charged Monday, on the ...

$1.1 M impact fee may shoot holes in paintball field plan
Citrus County Chronicle, FL - May 4, 2007
Hugh McElvey isn't a rich man, but he would have to be one to pay the county impact fees on his proposed paintball field in Crystal River. McElvey would have to fork over more than ...

Revised impact fee proposals detailed
Gainesville Sun, FL - May 3, 2007
Transportation impact fees will double for new homes and rise steeply for some businesses under proposed fee revisions by Alachua County. The new fees will be considered by the ...

Hamilton Twp. votes to enact impact fees
Lebanon Western Star, OH - May 2, 2007
The Hamilton Twp. board of trustees unanimously approved a second reading Wednesday enacting impact fees, which add a payment on new infrastructure.  "We currently use TIFs ...

City OKs portion of fees
Newszap Florida, FL - May 2, 2007
The Okeechobee City Council met in City Hall Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. to consider approval of three interlocal agreements with the county to collect emergency medical services, ...

Consultant: Growth not footing the bill
Georgetown News Graphic, KY - May 1, 2007
A consultant looking at ways to improve land use and development in Georgetown ex-pressed concern on Monday that the city's growth may not be able to pay for ...

 
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