The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday remained noncommittal on the issue of impact fees and a Hopewell Valley assessment district, after hearing a consultant explain why the fees might be a good way for the county to pay for future growth.
"I don't think any of us are ready to commit to it without more knowledge," said Commissioner Paul L. Swartz.
Swartz led Tuesday's meeting in the absence of Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook, who was at a meeting in Washington, D.C.
"We are going to have impact fees. It is just a matter of when," Commissioner John L. Schnebly said.
Commissioner William J. Wivell said he opposes any new taxes, including impact fees. He would prefer cutting county services to imposing new taxes, but said he does not know yet which services he would eliminate.
The prior County Commissioners paid Paul Tischler, owner of Tischler and Associates, Inc. of Bethesda, Md., $115,000 to write a study calculating the cost of growth for the county and to recommend new fees or taxes to help offset those costs. A $40,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant helped pay for the study.