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Archive for Tuesday, August 9, 2011

City won’t raise water and sewer impact fees for newly built homes

August 9, 2011

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Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday backed away from a proposal to raise water and sewer impact fees charged on newly built homes in the community.

The city’s 2012 budget included plans to raise the fees by 11 percent, or by about $340. The one-times fees are charged to builders or property owners who are connecting a new home or business to the city’s water or sewer system.

But members of the city’s building community asked the commission to hold the fees steady due to the downturn in the housing market. This marks the third year in a row the city has held the fees steady.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

Forget the new $100 million dollar treatment plant. What it will do is promote home building that which does not generate enough revenue to cover the cost of demands within the municipality.

After the Bush/Cheney wrecking of the economy why is Lawrence even discussing new housing developments?

Our city's current budget crunch could easily be tied directly to infrastructure expenses needed to serve new housing developments. The community is way over extended in this regard.

If residential growth paid for itself and was financially positive, we would not be in a budget crunch. But with increased numbers of houses you have increased demand on services, and historically the funding of revenues generated by residential housing does not pay for the services they require from a municipality.

Local real estate developers have had a great time laughing all of the way to the bank on the backs of taxpayers. This is the root of the problem. In order for the city to have orderly growth, developers need to be responsible for a certain amount of the infrastructure. Most builders understand impact fees or excise taxes are for a purpose that improves their big profit making developments.

In essence new residential = tax increases

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

There is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned by the local media,city hall and elected officials - local profiteers are draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.

NOT necessary city growth is the result of over several decades of subsidies paid for by the local taxpayer. These range from the obvious to the obscure and include big projects-like the billions we spend on new roads as well as smaller ones-like the tax-breaks that encourage businesses to move to the edge of town and KILL downtown.

We've subsidized local profiteers at such a basic level for so long, that many people believe the status quo is actually fair and neutral. This is false-what we think of as a level playing field is tilted steeply in favor of local profiteers driving development.

How we subsidize profiteers:

  • building new and wider roads
  • building schools on the fringe
  • extending sewer and water lines to not necessary development
  • extending emergency services to the fringe
  • direct pay-outs to developers
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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

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