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Moratorium on transportation impact fees retained

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Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2014 at 03:09 PM

4-1 to continue a moratorium on transportation impact fees until June 2015.

County Commissioner Dave Russell, who made the motion, said that would allow the county to obtain data from the housing industry during its winter season and see if the move is having an effect to spur construction of new homes.

Commissioner Diane Rowden voted against the motion, saying that impact fees pay for infrastructure and demand caused by growth and is “absolutely necessary.”

Rowden said she could support the moratorium until Feb. 10, which had been the date staff came up with for a suggested ordinance, but not June.

Commissioner Nick Nicholson said this also allows the county to see whether the sales tax referendum in November passes. If so, it would play a factor in determining whether impact fees should be reinstated.

An impact fee is a one-time charge on new development to help pay for county roads, parks and other infrastructure.

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