Latest News: September 2012

Flagler County officials voting on optional sales tax, impact fee moratorium
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - September 30, 2012
The Flagler County Commission will decide after public hearings Monday whether to place a moratorium on impact fees, as well as whether to levy a half-cent "Small County" sales tax to help expand the county jail. "There will be only one public hearing for each of these items," Sally Sherman, ...

Kootenai County considering temporary suspension of impact fees
IdahoReporter.com, ID - September 29, 2012
Kootenai County officials will consider a proposal to impact fees temporarily based on such a recommendation from its impact fee advisory committee, according to a story in the Coeur d’Alene Press. One developer described the fees as a “brick wall” preventing him and others from doing ...

Impact fees on developers are entirely fair
Fredericksburg,com, VA - September 26, 2012
I started with amazement reading Charlie Payne's recent letter expressing his concerns about impact fees ["Stafford's impact fees are unfair to builders," Sept. 7]. Impact fees are those a developer would pay when he subdivides land into building lots. They are charged to cover the impact ...

Proposed saloon gets hit with $220,000 impact fee
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - September 25, 2012
The Evanoff family bought an old warehouse on McIntosh Road to turn it into a country western bar, but the project came to an abrupt halt when county staff tried to levy a $220,000 impact fee on it. The Evanoffs, who own several sports bars, a car wash and a putt-putt golf course, say the fees ...

Final Park Impact Fee Update-Part 4
naplesnews.com, FL - September 25, 2012
The most important thing I would like to say today other than this important park impact fee report is that the Packer's won! Now moving on to my conclusion as far as District 5 park impact fees and that $23 million it has brought in since 1997. Steve Carnell and Barry Williams have been ...

Lower Macungie commissioners decide against traffic fee for new development
East Penn News, PA - September 24, 2012
A small business owner bringing a pizza restaurant and retail shops to Lower Macungie won't have to pay a $17,046 traffic impact fee that the township had planned to impose, a decision that irked one township commissioner. Doug Brown was the only commissioner on the five-person board to vote ...

Cabezon developer plans to sue RR for $5.6M
Albuquerque Journal, NM - September 24, 2012
Rio Rancho could be headed for a court fight with the developer of the Cabezon community after the City Council approved an ordinance that slashes fees the city charges developers for infrastructure improvements. Curb North Inc. attorney Richard Leverick said he will file a lawsuit seeking ...

RTC’s Impact Fee Program continues assessment
Daily Sparks Tribune, NV - September 23, 2012
The Regional Transportation Commission’s Regional Road Impact Fee (RRIF) technical advisory committee will convene Thursday after being instructed by the RTC Board of Directors to continue working on the RRIF buy back plan at last Friday’s board meeting. The RRIF has been a source ...

Auditors deliver update to Surprise council
Newszap.com, AZ - September 22, 2012
The audit firms hired by the city of Surprise to review development agreements, building permit fees and impact fee management over the past 11 years delivered their first update to the City Council Sept. 18, confirming progress but cautioning their work might take longer than the initial ...

RTC board explodes over proposed buy-back program using taxpayer funds
KRNV Reno, NV - September 21, 2012
There was an eruption of emotions after the Regional Transportation Commission board members voted 4-1 to seek more legal advice on a program that would buy back developer-owned credits. Credits are part of the RTC's Regional Road Impact Fee Credit Program, or RRIF. Credits are ...

Impact fees stay in Hartwood
Fredericksburg.com, VA - September 18, 2012
Growth in Stafford County’s Hartwood District must still pay for its impact on transportation. Meanwhile, county supervisors removed transportation impact fees in another district while also continuing a years-long debate on imposing a countywide fee. Tuesday night, the Board of Supervisors ...

Flagler School Board to weigh impact fee moratorium
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - September 16, 2012
Given a lackluster economy, some local leaders say it's time to cut fees on new development. The Flagler County School Board will discuss a possible moratorium on impact fees during a workshop session Tuesday, joining other local municipalities in halting these fees in hopes of encouraging ...

Councilors give final approval to impact-fee reduction
Rio Rancho Observer, NM - September 16, 2012
Despite the threat of a lawsuit, the Rio Rancho Governing Body has given final approval to a two-year moratorium on impact fees. City councilors voted 4-2 to pass the second and final reading of an ordinance removing commercial impact fees and decreasing residential impact fees by half for ...

BEAUMONT: The long, complex TUMF tale continues
Press-Enterprise, CA - September 10, 2012
In addition to being blind, justice is also sorta slow. And sometimes very, very boring. But even the most mundane-sounding disputes can have big implications. Take the tussle between Beaumont and the Western Riverside Council of Governments over impact fee collections. I’ll try to be ...

Petaluma prepares to lower development impact fees
PressDemocrat.com - September 10, 2012
After more than a year of examination and recalculation, Petaluma is poised to significantly reduce its development fees, a move seen by some as a way to rehab the city's image as anti-business. Four years ago, the city dramatically increased its development impact fee structure with ...

Stafford's impact fees are unfair to builders
Fredricksburg.com, VA - September 7, 2012
In response to Stafford County's proposed and perhaps imminent transportation-impact fees, here are the reasons why this policy makes no economic or political sense: The impact fee is a tax upon one segment of our economic community--developers and builders. It will likely be passed ...

College seeks ruling that culd affect fee it pays
Weatherford Democrat, TX - September 6, 2012
Weatherford College attorneys have asked State Attorney General Greg Abbott's office for an opinion on whether the college is considered a school district. Under Section 395.002 (B) of the Local Government Code, the City of Weatherford is a political subdivision and can impose an impact ...

Minooka cuts fee for residential developers
The Herald-News, IL - September 4, 2012
Residential developers building in Minooka will get some relief from the drop in land values now that the village has lowered the land site donation fee by $30,000 per acre. Minooka trustees recently approved a resolution reducing the amount developers pay from $75,000 down to $45,000 ...

 
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