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.