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Jefferson County considering raising impact fees

September 26, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - School impact fees for new single-family homes in Jefferson County would increase by $1,283 under a proposal being considered by the Jefferson County Commission.

Under the plan, the school impact fee would increase from $7,279 to $8,562 for single-family homes, increase from $5,685 to $6,686 for town houses and duplexes and go from $4,129 to $4,858 for each multi-family unit.

School impact fees are charged to housing developers to help offset the cost of new school facilities needed because of population growth.

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The recommended increases would bring the amounts to 100 percent of the recommended level for the fees, said Delores Milstead, vice president of the Jefferson County Board of Education.

When the commissioners initially approved school impact fees, they decided to make the fees 85 percent of the recommended amount, Milstead said.

The board of education wants the fees to be at the 100 percent level since impact fees approved by the commission for parks and recreation and police are at their 100 percent levels, Milstead said.

The commissioners voted Thursday to hold a public hearing Oct. 17 on the proposed school impact fee increase. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the ground level of the Old Charles Town Library.

Commissioner Jane Tabb was the only member of the commission to vote against the hearing, saying she is concerned about how the higher school impact fees would increase the value of housing, therefore increasing property taxes.

Tabb said she is sensitive to the issue since local residents have complained to the commission recently about the rising property tax bills.




Public hearing



What: To gauge public opinion on raising the school impact fee in Jefferson County

When: Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Where: Old Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va.

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