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Construction fees could rise

January 16, 2002

Construction fees could rise



Fees for new construction in Hagerstown could be going up.

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday asked the city's engineer and planning director to further study city fees for reviewing new development plans.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the fees should at least be enough to cover the cost of reviewing plans.

Metzner said some fees should be increased to discourage some development, such as new rental housing.

No specific fee increases were discussed Tuesday.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue said he will return to the council with specific recommendations.

Tissue presented the council with charts comparing Hagerstown's review and permit fees with those of surrounding jurisdictions.

In general, Tissue said the city's charges for reviewing development plans were lower than most.

But, he said, city permits fees seem about equal to those charged by other area municipalities.

-Dan Kulin

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