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Managing the impact fees could be a 'challenge'

October 21, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission discussed various details earlier this month about how an impact fee system will be managed if the fees are approved by the commission.

On Oct. 9, the commission discussed several ways of setting up an impact fee processing system.

Depending on how the system is set up, the county may need an accountant, a clerk and a receptionist to help run the system, said Paul Raco, head of the Jefferson County Department of Planning, Zoning and Engineering.

The cost in staffing could total about $200,000 annually, Raco said.

The commissioners tentatively agreed last Thursday to charge developers an impact fee of about $7,121 for every single-family home built.

It is possible the county could be collecting up to $6 million a year in fees, Commissioner Greg Corliss said.

"It's going to be a challenge to stay on top of all of this," Corliss said.

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Also on Oct. 9, the commissioners tentatively approved an intergovernmental agreement that will determine how impact fees are collected in the county's towns.

The commissioners already have agreed to a tentative plan that includes holding a public hearing on their impact fee proposal on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and having a final vote on Nov. 6 on their proposed impact fee ordinance. The fees, if approved, would go into effect Jan. 6, according to the plan.

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