Latest News: August 2008

Humboldt fire district proposes one-time development fee
Times-Standard, CA - August 31, 2008
If all goes as planned, a new fire facilities impact fee -- to be levied on new development -- is expected to help finance a new Humboldt No. 1 Fire Protection District station in Cutten. The fire district's board of directors approved a resolution earlier this month ...

Impact fee hike would add thousands to building costs
Sun Shopper, AZ - August 30, 2008
While the numbers are variable depending on the type and size of the building, information from the City of Prescott indicates that the recently proposed hike in water and sewer impact fees would raise the costs for an average new home by about $2,343. Currently, ...

Lee road impact fees going up, with school fees going down
Naples Daily News, FL - August 29, 2008
Lee County road impact fees would go up as school impact fees go down under new recommendations received by county commissioners this week. But a brand new road fee that would charge new mines millions of dollars is what has local miners digging in. The road fee ...

Committee eyes impact fees
Lahontan Valley News, NV - August 29, 2008
The Fernley Capital Improvement Advisory Committee took on Wednesday the first steps in rethinking the impact fee process and gaining some consensus among members in terms of what elements of the formula need further scrutiny. The issue of impact fees in ...

Oops: Study urges higher Lee road fees
The News-Press, FL - August 28, 2008
Lee commissioners in March called for a study on the controversial road impact fees expecting - if not hoping - the recommendation would be to lower fees. The results came back Thursday: Increase road fees, in most cases by 7 percent. "I think the whole thing is ...

Beaufort to collect school impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - August 27, 2008
Beaufortonians soon may do several things they haven't done in awhile: dock their boat at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, buy a hot dog in Waterfront Park, eat a meal at a sidewalk cafe and pay a school impact fee. The Beaufort City Council passed a resolution ...

City Council defers impact fee decision
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - August 27, 2008
In the ongoing debate over who should pay for growth-related water and sewer improvements, the Prescott City Council opted this week for a postponement. By a 6-1 vote on Tuesday, the council agreed to give the local building community about eight weeks to ...

Employee mitigation fee may sextuple
Aspen Daily News, CO - August 26, 2008
Developers of large, luxurious vacation homes in Pitkin County may soon be paying $225,257 per employee, or six times more than the current standard, to offset the cost of affordable housing for employees generated by a residence. That’s up from $34,173 per ...

The hole truth: Roads cost money
Greeley Tribune, Co - August 26, 2008
When my neighbor e-mailed me saying that 71st Avenue looked like the streets of Baghdad, it was hard to argue. The cracks, bumps and potholes did somewhat conjure up the image of a war zone. And while not an actual war, there is an ongoing struggle to keep the ...

A time to stand by their plan
Ocala, FL - August 25, 2008
It's debatable in a time of lean budgets and a fat list of public needs whether it was a good idea for the Marion County Commission to reduce, albeit temporarily, road impact fees as a way to jump-start our stagnant housing market. Granted, back on May 20, what ...

Development central in commission races
Tampabay.com, FL - August 24, 2008
Companies are shedding jobs and record numbers of Hillsborough County families are losing their homes to foreclosure. But the challengers seeking seats on the County Commission this year are pounding a familiar theme: That the board is too pro-development...

Impact fee revenue high, but city's needs nearly as great
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ - August 23, 2008
Casa Grande is sitting on $56.35 million collected from development impact fees charged to help keep city services at a steady level. That's the good news. The bad news, according to Administrative Services Director Scott Barber, is the city has many needs. He ...

Phased rise in fees considered
Baltimore Sun, MD - August 21, 2008
Four months after shelving a contentious plan to increase impact fees on new construction, the Anne Arundel County Council is considering a less drastic proposal at a time when the development industry is reeling. The new version, backed by County Executive ...

Builders want in on impact fee reduction
Ocala, FL - August 20, 2008
Some area builders have lobbied the County Commission to let more of their number in on the break in road impact fees approved on May 20. From discussion at Tuesday's board meeting, commercial builders may get what they want and residential builders might not. ...

OUR OPINION
Tampa Tribune, FL - August 20, 2008
While somewhat of a newcomer to Hernando County, Jon "JAZ" Zydenbos, who moved here about three years ago, has become a quick learner when it comes to the top issues facing county residents and their local government. Most of all, Zydenbos, a 63-year-old ...

County to consider lowering impact fees
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - August 20, 2008
The Coweta County Commission will consider making changes to the transportation impact fees to lower the fees, but it won't be done in time for the annual update. The commissioners held a public hearing on the annual update to the Capital Improvements Element last ...

County Road Dept. to receive $100000 from wind farm impact fees payment
Glacier Reporter, MT - August 19, 2008
Glacier County Commissioners Michael DesRosier and Ron Rides At The Door approved distributing $100,000 of NaturEner's $188,943 Wind Generation Impact Fee to the Glacier County Road Department for operations in FY 2008-09. The action came during the ...

Impact fee reductions on table
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - August 18, 2008
Impact fees, specifically whether or not to lower them, is on the agenda for today's City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. today in the City Complex at 310 N. Fourth St. However, Council will first spend two hours in an executive session to discuss the ...

Are high impact fees hurting Coweta?
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - August 15, 2008
Coweta County transportation impact fees may be so high that they are hurting the county, but dropping $25 million in road projects from the impact fee list won't necessarily make those fees go down. A public hearing was held Thursday by the Coweta County ...

EDITORIAL: Collecting Overdue Debts for Public Needs
Kitsap Sun, WA - August 14, 2008
Kitsap County may have $800,000 out there for the asking. Or maybe not. The county is owed at least $124,000 in impact fees never paid for 60 homes built since 2004, says Linda Jones of the county's Department of Community Development. And before 2004? Nearly ...

North Bend adopts Transportation Impact Fee
SnoValley Star, Wa - August 13, 2008
Calling it a “bargain for development,” the North Bend City Council has adopted a new Transportation Impact Fee ordinance that will place a $620.71 surcharge on every new single-family residence in the city. The new fees are designed to pay for transportation ...

Miami Commissioner Gimenez: Road impact fees should be allowed for transit
Miami Today, FL - August 13, 2008
Increased road impact fees paid by developers would mean more money for Miami-Dade roadway improvements. The county expects to collect an additional $95 million to $120 million over the next five years should commissioners give final approval to a proposed ...

Miami-Dade developers OK with a road impact fee hike
Miami Today, FL - August 13, 2008
Miami-Dade County is to increase its road impact fees to developers — charges could more than triple by 2014 — but the development community is OK with it, the head of the Builders Association of South Florida says. Association President Rey Melendi ...

Council nixes road-user fee
Orangeburg Times Democrat, SC - August 13, 2008
Bamberg County Council failed to approve a proposed $30 road-user fee during its Monday night meeting, sending the proposal back to the drawing board as it struggles to reconcile a $650,000 budget deficit. The council had earlier proposed a dollar-per-acre fire ...

Martin commission OKs paying impact fees for high-paying businesses
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL - August 12, 2008
High-paying businesses are expected to find Martin County more attractive as a result of the County Commission's decision Tuesday to give itself the discretion to pay tens of thousands of dollars in impact fees for lucrative companies. "For those businesses that ...

Martin OKs business incentives to draw more industry
Palm Beach Post, FL - August 12, 2008
Martin County watched for years as counties to the north and south doled out incentives to lure high-wage companies to their back yards. Now it plans to dangle its own carrots to get in the game. County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to offer tax breaks and ...

Impact fees before council again
Annapolis Capital, MD - August 10, 2008
The newest impact fee proposal has drawn praise as a legislative compromise and criticism as a move that may cripple the already wounded housing and commercial building industry. The fees, which are charged to builders to pay for the roads, schools and public ...

Hampshire OKs impact funds for new park
The Courier News, IL - August 9, 2008
The Hampshire Village Board this week approved the release of $325,000 in impact fee money to the village park district for the construction of Dorothy J. Schmidt Park. The district recently received a grant from the state of Illinois to reimburse half of the ...

Developers to pay for Aspen demolitions?
Summit Daily News, CO - August 8, 2008
Construction waste as a result of demolition is filling the Pitkin County landfill at an unprecedented rate — nearly double what other communities experience. That prompted the Aspen City Council this week to agree to join the county in supporting a solid-waste ....

Tyrone cutting impact fees for public safety
The Citizen.com, GA - August 8, 2008
The Tyrone Town Council effectively decided Thursday night that a new police station would not be built anytime soon. The Town Council instructed town attorney Dennis Davenport to rewrite the city's impact fee ordinance to allow fees to only be collected for ...

Rochester Planning Board votes to table review of impact fee schedules
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - August 7, 2008
The Planning Board chair's attempts to get the board thinking again about impact fees were defeated once more Monday, just days before a public hearing. The board voted 6-3 against Chair Terry Desjardin's suggestion the panel take off the table creation of a ...

Commissioners say 'no' to impact fee reduction
Tampabay.com, FL - August 6, 2008
Hernando County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a program to stimulate the local economy, just not the one being pushed by local builders, real estate leaders and business owners. After more than three hours of debate, the board voted 4-1 ...

The price of destruction
Aspen Times, CO - August 5, 2008
Construction waste as a result of demolition is filling the county landfill at an unprecedented rate — nearly double what other communities experience. That prompted the Aspen City Council on Monday to agree to join Pitkin County in supporting a ...

Landfill looks to crush waste
Aspen Daily News, CO - August 5, 2008
Aspen City Council endorsed a plan Monday to implement a new fee that would be assessed during the building permit process and would pay for a program that grinds construction waste and could add an additional 15 years of life to the landfill. The fee, which would ...

Impact fees still an option
Morgan County Citizen, GA - August 4, 2008
Madison City Council members heard an update on the impact fee adoption process from consultant Bill (“the younger”) Ross at their regular meeting Monday. The city has yet to determine whether or not it wishes to implement an impact fee program, but it is going ...

Slumping, sluggish, sinking, sliding housing market
Carroll County Times, MD - August 3, 2008
Carroll County’s housing industry is hurting. Residential housing permits, revenues, sales — all have dropped like mercury in winter. The question is whether this is solely because of the economy or if it was partially initiated by the county’s deferral on growth in 2003. ...

Trimming impact fees would make no sense
Tampabay.com, FL - August 2, 2008
Cutting the price of a new home less than $2,300 is not going to jump-start the stagnant home-building industry in Hernando County. A new home buyer could save just as much by laying Bahia instead of Floratam grass on the finished yard. But this is the logic being ...

District should lobby for higher impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - August 2, 2008
Here's an idea: Raise impact fees. During the campaign waged by the school district to convince voters to levy nearly a half-billion dollars in new taxes upon themselves with the local option sales tax, property owners were promised that taxes would be reduced by ...

Builders withdraw impact-fee suit against Bentonville
Benton County Daily Record, AR - August 2, 2008
The Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association announced Friday its intentions to withdraw the impact suit it lodged several years ago against the city of Bentonville. We believe removing the barriers of communication can be the first step to improving the path to ...

Impact Fee Debate Heats Up
Tampa Tribune, FL - August 2, 2008
William Sadowski may not be a name most people are familiar with. But when county commissioners meet Tuesday to discuss reducing impact fees 25 percent, Sadowski's name could be bandied about quite a bit, especially as it relates to down payment assistance for ...

Editorial: Justice delayed is justice denied in Lee County builders case
Naples Daily News, FL - August 2, 2008
Michael Reitman of the Lee County Building Association makes a good point: What good is his organization's successful challenge of a 2001 county impact fee if it takes seven years to resolve and the wronged parties might not be around to get their relief in the form of ...

Impact fees removed from proposed land-use plan
Salisbury Post, NC - August 1, 2008
Impact fees for residential development have been taken out of a proposed land-use plan for western and southern Rowan. Committee member Ben Knox suggested taking out the proposed per lot charge, called an adequate public facilities fee. "It's one of the more ...

Westside businesses say fees discriminatory
KOB.com, NM - August 1, 2008
Businesses on Albuquerque’s Westside are complaining that the impact fees instituted to defray the cost of new infrastructure are putting them at a competitive disadvantage. “On any business, if you put too much of a load on them, they’re going to have to raise ...

Panel to start mulling fees
Martinsburg Journal, WV - August 1, 2008
Jefferson County commissioners unanimously agreed Thursday to begin examining new impact fees for water, wastewater and stormwater projects, though some cautioned significant research is still needed. Joe Hankins, chairman of the Jefferson County ...

 
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