Latest News: June 2008

Hernando commissioners must weigh all factors on impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - June 30, 2008
Having read the opinion of both local papers and letters to the editors regarding the recent discussion of reducing impact fees, I feel compelled to provide some edification to this issue. Hernando County commissioners were asked to have a hearing so that all the ...

Manatee County struggles to track millions in collected road impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - June 29, 2008
In the past two decades, Manatee County officials have pulled in more than $153 million in impact fees from developers to help pay for roads. But for such a key part of the county's economy, keeping track of the millions collected and spent has been mired in ...

City's legal fees could top $1 million
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - June 28, 2008
City leaders have loaded their attorney, Rob Robinson, with work this year, and now the bill is coming due. By summer's end, North Port could spend almost $1.3 million on legal services for the year, ranging from contract negotiations with employee unions to lawsuits...

Housing Slowdown Slashes Road Funds
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 28, 2008
First the bad news: The moribund housing industry has put a major crimp in Pasco County's road-building plans. Since the budget year began Oct. 1, Pasco County officials have collected about one-third of the road-related impact fees they expected to have by ...

Willows council approves development impact fees
Enterprise-Record, CA - June 28, 2008
The cost of building in Willows will rise by thousands of dollars, but not to the extent proposed in two resolutions addressed by the City Council Tuesday. The council rejected a plan to impose a fee on all new construction that would have generated funds to pay ...

Parkland considers environmental assessment fee
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - June 26, 2008
Parkland Vice Mayor Jared Moskowitz, who has led the city's green intiative, is pushing the envelope again. At a recent City Commission meeting, Moskowitz proposed a "nominal" environmental assessment fee per household to raise capital that can be used for protecting ...

Data On Impact Fees Questioned
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 26, 2008
County Commissioner David Russell took exception to some of the data presented by planning department staffers during Tuesday's discussion on a proposed 25 percent impact fee reduction. Russell said the board needs to consider the "here and now" and not ...

Perry Implements Impact Fees
Today's MGT, GA - June 26, 2008
The cost of development in Perry is going up. During a special called meeting, Perry's City Council unanimously approved implementing impact fees on new development. This one time charge is meant to ensure that the burden of expanding city services, to accomodate ...

Clearing Up The Impact Fee Confusion
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 26, 2008
A $20 million pot of state housing assistance money would be available to Hernando County as soon as it can show proof it will adhere to the requirements of the program, which includes reducing impact fees 25 percent. "We want to get the money on the street ...

Pender may allow temporary reprieve on water system impact fee
StarNewsOnline.com, NC - June 25, 2008
Pender County residents considering connecting to the county's water system may get temporary relief from the impact fee. The county commissioners are weighing the idea of placing a moratorium on the fee during July for county residents who would like to hook ...

The of Impact Fees IMPACT
Gulf Breeze News, USA - June 25, 2008
Patrick Welch and his partner, Sean Lambert, are working to open a seafood sports bar and grill called 'Catch of the Day' in the new Sea Shell Collections shopping plaza in Gulf Breeze. "If I had any idea before we started this project what the city was going to hit ...

Various criteria determine GB impact fees
Gulf Breeze News, USA - June 25, 2008
The City of Gulf Breeze charges a water "tap" or impact fee depending on the size of the meter ordered by a business, as well as how many gallons of wastewater are generated each day and how many plumbing fixtures the business includes in its construction ...

Bozeman City Commission increases impact fees on new houses
The Missoulian, MT - June 25, 2008
The Bozeman City Commission has voted to increase another impact fee builders must pay to construct a new single-family home in Bozeman. The commission voted 4-1 Monday to triple the fees to provide fire and emergency medical services protection to a new ...

Developers say proposed impact fee could cripple development
Reno Gazette Journal, NV - June 25, 2008
The City of Fernley Public Works Department is holding an Open House tonight (June 25) at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers to introduce a proposed Capital Impact Plan/Impact Fee process. A proposed City of Fernley Impact Fee for traffic and transportation ...

Building still lagging
Ocala, FL - June 24, 2008
There's been no rush on permits in the month since the Marion County Commission temporarily lopped $4,000 off the road impact fee for new single-family homes. Since the lower fee took effect May 21, until Monday, the Marion County Building Department has issued ...

County Mulls Reducing Impact Fees
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 24, 2008
County commissioners today will discuss setting a public hearing to consider reducing impact fees by 25 percent for at least 18 months to meet the requirements of the state's recently passed appropriations act for affordable housing. The act sets aside $20 ...

Trimming impact fee helps the wrong people
Tampabay.com, FL - June 24, 2008
The Hernando County Commission will face pressure today from builders and some members of the chamber of commerce to lower impact fees on new home construction by 25 percent. The proposal, made possible because of an appropriation by the Florida ...

Water and sewer rates in Collier going up
Bonitanews (subscription), FL - June 24, 2008
Not a ripple of contention flowed through the Collier County Commission over a decision to increase water and wastewater rates. With little discussion and no public comment, commissioners Tuesday unanimously updated the county’s water and wastewater ...

EDITORIAL: Developers take heed or pay the price
Destin Log, FL - June 24, 2008
"You are cordially invited to help save the dying working class in Destin." So might read an invitation to area developers from the Local Planning Agency, which is trying to solve Destin's affordable housing quandary. At last week's meeting, members wondered if sending ...

County Sets Hearing On Impact Fees
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 24, 2008
About a dozen local Realtors, builders and business people stressed to county commissioners Tuesday the urgent need to reduce impact fees by 25 percent to jump start home construction and assist first-time home buyers. County Planner Ron Pianta told commissioners ...

Fire impact fees discussed in Bozeman
KPAX-TV, MT - June 23, 2008
Fire Impact Fees topped Monday night's Bozeman City Commission meeting agenda. The city adopted an impact fee program in 1996, and part of the plan is to revise an impact fee study to keep up with growth and costs. The new study looks at service calls between ...

Update to impact fees coming soon
McKinney Courier Gazette, TX - June 23, 2008
The city of McKinney’s planning department hopes to start the public hearing process this summer for the approval of its capital improvements plans for impact fees, said Jennifer Arnold, a planner with the city. After the hearings take place in late July and/or ...

Hillsborough, School Board fee feud goes to court
Tampabay.com, FL - June 22, 2008
Two of Hillsborough's biggest governments are feuding over who will pay the massive costs associated with the area's now-faded housing boom. The dispute between Hillsborough County and the School Board spills into Circuit Court today. Whoever wins, taxpayers ...

Road impact fees under discussion
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - June 21, 2008
Government levies on residential construction in Chesterfield County are going up and getting spread around. Last month, Chesterfield leaders established the highest cash proffers in the region to help pay for roads and schools on a per-lot basis. Now, they are ...

Williston plans increases in transportation impact fee
BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT - June 20, 2008
Williston planners predict that developers' transportation impact fees will likely double in 2009 -- and gradually increase for several more years to offset wear on roads and bridges. The Williston Planning Commission made no formal fee recommendation at its meeting ...

Oro Valley impact fees are punitive, and they'll backfire
Explorer News, AZ - June 19, 2008
Here is a novel economic idea. I am selling less of an item so I will just charge more to make up the difference. What? That is exactly what the Oro Valley Town Council and staff are considering. Recently, the council started the clock ticking to enact additional ...

County Commission increases impact fees
Ocala, FL - June 19, 2008
The Marion County Commission has approved increases to the fire and education impact fees. Effective Oct. 1, the school impact fee on a new single family home will go from $3,774 to $3,967. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the fire impact fee on a new single family home ...

Impact fees talks stalled
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - June 19, 2008
The commitment made throughout the recent City Council campaigns, to try and reduce impact fees to help spur local development, has hit a wall. Or, more precisely, it has been viewed by the majority of city officials as a policy that would unfairly hit the pocketbooks ...

Council to mull extension of impact fee waiver
Sun Shopper, AZ - June 18, 2008
The Prescott Valley Town Council voted in May 2003 to exempt nonresidential construction from impact fees with the goal of stimulating commercial and industrial development. Three years later, the council voted to extend the exemption for five years pending ...

Water rate hike on tap?
Explorer News, AZ - June 18, 2008
The Oro Valley Town Council last Wednesday discussed the possibility of an across-the-board water rate hike and an increase in the town water impact fees. The discussion on water rates had been continued from an April meeting, when former council members ...

Jaynes tells senate committee adverse affects of MUDs
Star Community Newspapers, TX - June 18, 2008
Collin County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Joe Jaynes testified before the Texas Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade hearing in Austin on Wednesday about how Municipal Utility Districts adversely affects all county taxpayers. Jaynes said via phone ...

Does Benson need impact fees?
TheHerald, NC - June 17, 2008
The older we get, the more we're convinced that timing is everything. And now seems a bad time to place an impact fee on new housing and commercial construction in Benson. Amid the credit crunch, builders can't sell the houses they have now. Making ...

County balks at hospital's impact fee exemption request
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - June 17, 2008
Piedmont-Newnan Hospital's pleas to be exempted from impact fees fell on deaf ears at Tuesday's meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners. Piedmont-Newnan CEO Michael Bass asked that the hospital be exempted from both impact fees and building ...

Officials Vote to Raise City's Impact Fee
The Ledger, FL - June 17, 2008
Lakeland Mayor Buddy Fletcher - who said "no" to raising impact fees two weeks ago - changed his mind and cast the deciding vote Monday for small-percentage increases to the fees charged for new construction. Fletcher made his decision despite pleas, particularly...

Bad Timing To Index Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - June 16, 2008
At its meeting today, the Lakeland City Commission is scheduled to consider a proposal to index impact fees to the rate of inflation. The plan makes abundant sense, but the timing of it makes very little. With an annual index in place, instead of taking large bites ...

Impact fees are dead in Spotsylvania County
The Free Lance-Star, VA - June 14, 2008
Transportation impact fees in Spotsylvania County are dead--at least for now. High-growth localities can charge developers impact fees for any project. They use the fees in Virginia for new roads. At first glance, the fees seem more attractive than proffers, which are ...

Troller May Be Swing Vote on Impact Fee Hikes
The Ledger, FL - June 14, 2008
One city commissioner appears to be driving the bus that will determine whether impact fees will be raised. But Justin Troller isn't yet ready to say which way the bus is headed. He'll have to decide by Monday morning, when the commission is scheduled to vote on ...

Discussions continue on impact fee hike
Willows Journal, CA - June 12, 2008
The Willows City Council appears closer to adopting new impact fees that could help the city recoup costs associated with future growth, even if the proposed fees are phased in over time. A gradual increase, possibly over a 5-year period, may be a compromise ...

Will Milton Impact Fee Impact Growth?
WCAX, VT - June 12, 2008
Motorists scrubbing their vehicles means money in the bank for Aaron Vincelette. "It's a clean slate the way I look at it," says Vincelette, who owns Eco Car Wash. He and his partner hope their new "green" car wash in Milton will make some green. It's environmentally ...

Committee forwards impact fee proposal to City Council
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - June 11, 2008
The Fayetteville Water and Sewer Committee forwarded a proposal to the City Council on Tuesday to phase in water and wastewater impact fees over three years. A study conducted by Duncan and Associates identified $ 2, 954 as the maximum water impact fee ...

OV Impact fee code changed
Explorer News, AZ - June 11, 2008
The Oro Valley Town Council last week unanimously approved changes to town code that lay down the rules for development impact fees. The changes were prompted, in part, by past and current legislation in the state legislature that has changed the ...

Orchard City eyes impact fees
Delta County Independent, CO - June 11, 2008
A county/municipal study on impact fees is still months away from completion, but the Orchard City town government already has its sights set on revenue from the fees, which are imposed on new development. Mayor Don Suppes told the board at a June 4 work ...

Jefferson Co. impact fees have generated $14 million since 2004
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD - June 11, 2008
The Jefferson County Commission's push to insert a fee into the process of building a home in Jefferson County to pay for public services has generated nearly $14 million since the collection of so-called "impact fees" started in 2004. The term refers to the impact...

CIAC to hold presentations on impact fees
Brownsville Herald, TX - June 11, 2008
Brownsville's Capital Improvement Advisory Committee appears closer to recommending an impact fee to recoup costs that finance the expansion of infrastructure to serve new development. CIAC meets today for a series of presentations from the experts. The noon ...

Collier commission defers St. Matthew’s impact fee payment 4 years
Bonitanews (subscription), FL - June 10, 2008
St. Matthew’s House and Wolfe Apartments Executive Director Vann Ellison will get another four years to cough up the some $73,000 owed in deferred impact fees. Collier commissioners unanimously agreed to give Ellison a little extra time. Housing Director Marcy ...

Council renews interest in fee on development
Corpus Christi Caller Times, TX - June 10, 2008
The City Council showed a renewed interest in instituting an impact fee on new development Tuesday, asking for an update about the process to do so. Councilman Michael McCutchon brought up the issue during an item about buying for $254,066 a 1.7 acre for ...

UEP impact fees will go unchanged; Reduction voted down
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - June 10, 2008
Despite an impassioned plea by Mayor Eric Feichthaler to "stand up for the residents," the city council voted Monday to leave capital expansion fees for recent utility expansion assessment areas alone. Feichthaler and Councilmember Pete Brandt were the only ...

Editorial: Put an end to impact fee duel
TCPalm, FL - June 7, 2008
A long-running dispute between Port St. Lucie and St. Lucie County over impact fees may be close to ending. All that remains is for the elected officials of the two governments to sign off on a settlement agreement. They should do so immediately, particularly for ...

Hailey fees petition clears hurdle
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - June 6, 2008
Hailey voters will likely have an opportunity in August to vote on whether to keep in place a city law that allows the collection of fees to offset the impacts of new development. Hailey metal worker Bob Wiederrick began circulating two petitions in February. One is ...

Council approves impact fee structure, budget amendments, new fire software
Little Elm Journal, TX - June 6, 2008
Little Elm Fire Chief Joseph Florentino, Police Chief Waylan Rhodes and architect Jim Wilson presented a concept plan for a new public safety complex on the grounds of the Town Hall. It would be a 50,000-square-foot structure at a cost of $250 to $300 per ...

Panel Votes Not To Increase Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - June 5, 2008
County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to hold off increasing Polk County's impact fees. Commissioners had been considering a plan to increase impact fees to keep up with inflation, indexing the fees based on the construction cost index. The ...

Impact Fees Could Be Paid Via Installment Plan
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 5, 2008
Impact fees are likely to rise by 5 percent effective New Year's Day. But the people paying the impact fees on new homes and new commercial buildings might get a break on how they pay these fees, imposed to guarantee population growth won't outstrip dollars for ...

Impact fee holiday proposal needs re-thinking
Florida Times-Union, FL - June 5, 2008
The proposed impact fee holiday is a little like a freshly picked lemon - beautiful on the outside but not so good on the inside. Nassau County could "jump start" its struggling construction industry, some officials say, by not collecting the fee a few months. That would ...

Raleigh leaders suggest water fee
WRAL.com, NC - June 4, 2008
Some city leaders are proposing a new fee that would have builders pay for upgrades to the water and sewer system and future utilities projects. Every municipality in Wake County, except Fuquay Varina and Raleigh, charges such a fee. City Councilman Russ Stephenson ...

"The proffer system is broken"
Chesterfield Observer, VA - June 4, 2008
The public and county leaders agree that the proffer system is broken, but they haven't agreed on how to fix it. As an interim remedy, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 last week to hike proffers from a maximum of $15,600 per home to $18,080, ...

Traffic impact fees appear unlikely
phillyBurbs.com, PA - June 4, 2008
Warrington officials proposed a traffic study in hopes data would come back in favor of requiring traffic impact fees from developers. But according to results presented Tuesday, that's probably not going to work. The township probably makes more money in verbal ...

Impact fee foes show their colors
Macon Telegraph, GA - June 4, 2008
Builders, developers and Realtors in Perry showed up in force at City Hall for public hearing Tuesday night wearing red shirts to show their opposition to a proposed impact fee ordinance. The best customers Perry has are builders and developers," said Daniel Brown, ...

County may standardize impact fees
Durango Herald, CO - June 3, 2008
La Plata County could have a plan in place by the end of the year for imposing road impact fees on new development. Currently, the city of Durango charges impact fees and the county does, too, on a limited basis through case-by-case agreements with developers and ...

Impact fee's buying power on the line
The Ledger, FL - June 3, 2008
There has been some low-key lobbying of the County Commission here in Polk County on the decision Wednesday whether to go ahead with a proposal to index impact fees. Indexing means increasing the fees slightly to keep up with the cost of building roads and other ...

Cape Coral impact fees on chopping block
The News-Press, FL - June 2, 2008
The mayor wants to slash utility impact fees for single-family homeowners. The move could save each owner around $2,200, but opponents fear it will lead to higher utility bills for everyone else in the Cape. "No one can say we should charge an impact fee that's ...

Pasco County To Pay 1st Incentive For Expansion
Tampa Tribune, FL - June 2, 2008
A turbine generator manufacturer has scored $57,000 in incentives to bring new jobs to Pasco County. Turbine Diagnostic Services officials plan to move the bulk of the company's operations to a 30,000-square-foot building leased at Success Drive. Initially, the ...

Rio Blanco County considers impact fees
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - June 1, 2008
Rio Blanco County is considering billing energy companies for the stress they put on county roads, the addtional population and increases in area crime. The county also wants others to pay up as well, including new businesses and people who build houses worth ...

Local taxes equitable way to pay for services
Asbury Park Press, NJ - June 1, 2008
The May 22 edition of the Asbury Park Press contained an editorial titled "No new frontiers, please" criticizing a proposal to allow local option taxes. The editorial elevated faux-popularism to a new level. Both state Treasurer David Rousseau and Assemblyman ...

Board of Supervisors: Kern to discuss plan for fees
Bakersfield Californian, CA - June 1, 2008
Kern County planning and road officials are fielding a plan that could shake a fundamental understanding of how development rights work locally; On Tuesday, they will recommend several ways Kern County supervisors could remove protections that keep traffic impact fees...

Supes expected to approve fees for road improvements
The Salinas Californian, CA - June 1, 2008
A plan to have developers help pay for road improvements in Monterey County is heading toward its final round of approvals. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors is set to approve the Regional Development Impact Fee program Tuesday, a necessary step ...

 
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