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Police impact fee issue set for hearing in Jefferson County

December 17, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission agreed Thursday to hold a public hearing Jan. 6 on a second impact fee that is being considered for the county.

The hearing will be held during the commissioners' regular meeting in the Jefferson County Courthouse, although no time has been set.

Impact fees are fees collected from home builders to help pay for increased public services demanded by population growth.

The commissioners passed a school impact fee, which requires home builders to pay the county $7,122 for each home they build, $5,562 for every town house or duplex constructed and $4,040 for every multi-family dwelling built.

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The commissioners now are considering a law enforcement impact fee to help pay for new equipment and facilities that the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department needs to serve a growing population.

The law enforcement impact fee would apply to new homes and new commercial buildings, according to the commissioners' proposal.

The law enforcement impact fee would require home builders to pay the county $120 for every single-family home, $92 for every town house and $90 for each multi-family unit, the proposal said.

For commercial buildings, the fee is based on the amount of square feet in the building, and would range from $17 per 1,000 square feet for manufacturing facilities to $214 per 1,000 square feet for commercial facilities or shopping centers 25,000 square feet or smaller in size, the proposal said.

Commercial facilities or shopping centers larger than 200,000 square feet would pay $127 per 1,000 square feet, the proposal said.

Although the square-footage rate would be lower for commercial facilities larger than 200,000 square feet, they actually would be paying more money because of their size, said Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss.

Although Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Thursday he is not sure how much money the law enforcement impact fee would generate, he said it would raise about $42,000 a year through single-family home construction.

If the law enforcement impact fee is passed by the commissioners, Boober said he plans to use money to help pay for construction of two sheriff's department substations.

One of the substations would be built in the Uvilla area, a community between Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Halltown, W.Va., along W.Va. 230, which has been experiencing significant residential growth, Boober said.

The second substation would be built on the Blue Ridge Mountain, he said.

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