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Developers' fees unchanged

May 26, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Washington County developers will continue to pay $7,355 per dwelling unit if they build in areas where schools are at a specified capacity, the County Commissioners decided Tuesday.The fee is part of the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, designed to ensure schools, roads and other infrastructure are adequate to handle growth.

The ordinance requires developers who build in districts where schools are at 85 percent capacity to pay the per-dwelling unit fee, which is put toward building new classrooms or schools to accommodate growth.

Developers pay the fee to cover capacity needs at all schools in the district, even if just one school in that area has the maximum number of students allowed.

County staff had proposed that developers pay a fee based only on the capacity of the school that doesn't have enough space. That would have reduced the $7,355 fee by about half, county officials have said.

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The commissioners rejected that proposal, saying the original fee would generate the money needed to increase capacity at overcrowded schools.

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