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City agrees to impact fee study

March 12, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

Hagerstown City Council members agreed Tuesday they want a study on whether impact fees would help the city.

City Finance Director Al Martin and City Engineer Rodney Tissue recommended the city hire Tischler and Associates to do the study because that firm has vast experience with impact fees.

The contract would cost $6,500, according to the proposal. It could be presented to the council for approval at the March 25 meeting.

The study will look at the city's needs and help city officials decide whether it makes sense to pursue impact fees. There may be better alternatives, Martin said.

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City officials have discussed the possibility of impact fees on new residences to pay for firefighting expenses.

Impact fee revenue must be spent on capital improvements that benefit the payers so it couldn't be used for improvements needed in areas that already are developed, according to the proposal.

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