Property owners building workforce housing in Washington County will temporarily pay a reduced excise tax, but other residential developers will typically face a tax of $13,000 to $15,500 per unit, depending on the type of dwelling they build.
The County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a Building Excise Tax Ordinance on new construction, effective immediately.
While all the commissioners approved the ordinance, one commissioner said the tax will probably pose problems for some residents.
"This is going to hurt affordable housing no matter what way you look at it," Munson said.
The excise tax is intended to generate money to pay for the effects of growth on schools, roads, public safety and other services.
Under the ordinance, property owners will pay a $13,000 tax on the construction of each single-family home. The tax is $15,500 for each multifamily home.