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Jefferson to receive impact fee money from Charles Town

December 07, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A little more than $700,000 has been collected in the City of Charles Town to help pay for new school construction in Jefferson County, a city official said Monday night.

In the county, money is being generated for new schools through impact fees. For every new single-family home built in the county, home builders have to pay $7,122 to help offset the cost of new schools needed because of population growth.

In the city of Charles Town, the fees are collected under a proffer system operated by the town.

In Charles Town, the fees were collected for 272 building permits issued in the city, City Manager Jane Arnett said after a regular Charles Town City Council meeting.

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The total collected in the city for the school system is $702,064, according to Arnett.

The 272 building permits were issued for new homes in the Huntfield, Norborne Glebe, County Green and Green Meadows subdivisions, all of which are near or along the Charles Town Bypass, said Arnett.

In the county, $1.7 million has been collected in impact fees, although school officials said last week it is not enough money to begin addressing overcrowding problems in schools.

The next priority for Jefferson County Schools in terms of school construction is building a new elementary school, which will cost $3 million to $4 million, said Delores Milstead, vice president of the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Board of Education President Lori Stilley said the cost of the school could rise to $5 million.

No land has been obtained for the school, Milstead said.

In Ranson, W.Va., school impact fees are being collected under a system similar to Charles Town's, said Jefferson County impact fee coordinator Mark Schiavone. Schiavone said last week that the money had not been turned over to the county.

Although there was concern about how the school impact fees would affect some people's ability to purchase a home, home sales appear to be strong, local developers said last week.

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