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Jefferson continues work on impact fees

The County Board of Education is expected to discuss impact fees at tonight's meeting.

The County Board of Education is expected to discuss impact fees at tonight's meeting.

October 15, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools officials are close to finalizing a cost-per-student figure that will be used to help develop a school impact fee for Jefferson County.

Impact fees are charged to housing developers to help pay for expanded public services needed because of growth, such as new schools, expanded water and sewer service and other needs.

There has been a push among some groups and individuals in the county to start impact fees because of expected population increases in the county in coming years.

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A committee working for the Jefferson County Board of Education has been meeting since July to come up with a figure that would reflect how much it would cost per student to build a new school, said Jefferson County Board of Education member Delores Milstead.

The figure is expected to be revealed at a Board of Education meeting tonight at Harpers Ferry Middle School.

The figure will then be turned over to the Jefferson County Commission, which is in charge of implementing any impact fees in the county, Milstead said.

The commissioners plan to give the figure to Tischler and Associates, a Bethesda, Md.-firm that has been hired to develop an impact fee system for the county, said Commission President James K. Ruland.

Tischler and Associates will come up with the school impact fee, Ruland said.

The various impact fees the commissioners could consider implementing include an impact fee for police, fire and ambulance services, parks and recreation, and other services, Ruland said.

Ruland, who has worked on the impact fee proposal, said he hopes the county can have an impact fee system in place by the end of the year.

"I'd be crushed if it doesn't get done before I leave," said Ruland, who is not seeking re-election.

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