CENTERVILLE – Parks and water fees will likely climb early next year, but only for those moving into new developments.
Centerville City Council is considering increasing their park, water and storm drain impact fees for new developments. Due to meeting schedules and the need for public hearings, however, neither is likely to increase until Feb. 2013, at the earliest.
“We need to set a public hearing for the park impact fees, and we haven’t started the analysis for the water and storm drain fees yet,” said Centerville City Assistant Manager Blaine Lutz. “That should take about three to four months, then we’d go to the public hearing.”
Impact fees are levied on new developments to help defray the cost of the expanded infrastructure they require. Increased impact fees never affect those living in existing homes.
When it comes to figuring out fair numbers for something as complicated as a water system, Lutz said that there’s a lot of details that need to be taken into account.
“It’s a pretty lengthy process,” he said. “We have to determine what we’ll need over the next 5-10 years and how much of that would be needed for new growth.”
The park impact fee, which Centerville last increased in 1998, goes toward parks and trail improvements for the city. City staffers propose that the fee be raised from $1,200 to $2,058 per residential unit.
“We haven’t taken a look at it in a long time,” said Lutz.
The earliest the council could look at the proposal and set a public hearing is during their Jan. 15 meeting.
After that, the council won’t meet again until February.
The time shouldn’t hurt the city’s budget at all. Lutz said that last year’s financial figures were “uneventful,” with no deficits or real increases in balance.
“These days, that’s the best you can hope for,” said Lutz.
Sales tax revenues have also been increasing back to where they were before the 2008 recession hit.
“There’s been a lot of lost time,” he said. “But at least we’re getting back up there.”