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Jefferson Co. Schools settle over impact fees

July 20, 2007

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools will receive about $2 million following an agreement stemming from a lawsuit by the Jefferson County Commission over the collection of school impact fees in the city of Ranson, W.Va., county officials said Thursday.

School impact fees went into effect Jan. 26, 2004, but none of the estimated $2 million in fees that have been collected in Ranson have been forwarded to the county, officials have said.

The county commission believes that Ranson officials are collecting a school impact fee, but are calling it a "voluntary proffer." The county commission complains in the suit in Jefferson County Circuit Court that the proffers are not a uniform way to collect the school fee.

Although the case still is pending, City of Ranson officials, the Jefferson County Board of Education and the Jefferson County Commission have decided to enter into an agreement to forward the estimated $2 million in impact fees from Ranson to the board of education.

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Under the agreement, Ranson will continue to collect public education proffers "in the exact amount of the county public school impact fee," and will give the money to the school system on a quarterly basis.

School impact fees are charged to developers to help pay for improvements in the school system.

- Dave McMillion

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