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Study to examine development fees

October 29, 1997

Washington County officials plan to commission a fiscal analysis study that could be the first step in setting new fees or taxes for offsetting the costs of development.

The study, which is about to be advertised for bid, will evaluate the costs to the county of different kinds of development, and will make recommendations and evaluate options for paying those costs, according to County Planning Director Robert C. Arch.

The study could consider impact fees for new homes, special taxing districts for new developments or other taxes and fees.

The Washington County Commissioners accepted a $40,000 federal grant for the study Tuesday. The county has budgeted $100,000 for the study.

Once the study is complete, the commissioners will have to consider how much developers should pay for schools, roads, bridges and sewers needed to serve their developments.

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They also will have to consider revenue. The county's long-term capital projects budget has a $25 million deficit between anticipated revenue and planned projects.

The commissioners ultimately could have to choose between cutting the number of projects, borrowing money and raising property taxes - or they could impose new fees and taxes on development.

- Steven T. Dennis

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