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Jefferson Commission hears impact fee update

October 25, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A group working to come up with a school impact fee for Jefferson County Schools updated the Jefferson County Commission Thursday on its progress.

One of the tasks of the Jefferson County Board of Education's School Impact Advisory Committee was to come up with a cost per student for new school construction.

By taking the cost of a new school and dividing it by the number of students in the county, the committee came up with a cost per student of $16,477, said Eric Lewis, chairman of the committee.

The commissioners are expected to turn the figure over to Tischler and Associates, a Bethesda, Md., firm hired to develop an impact fee system for the county.

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Other work remains to be completed, Lewis said.

One objective is determining how many students, on average, are generated for each household in Jefferson County, Lewis said.

In neighboring Loudoun County, an average of .735 students - almost one student per household - is used to calculate impact fees, Lewis said.

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

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