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City Council to hold public hearing on impact fees Monday

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By: Lauren Fabrizi

The Lincoln City Council will vote Monday whether to freeze impact fees, and the community has a say.

When homebuilders want to build homes on the edge of town, they must pay a fee that covers a portion of the cost to supply infrastructure needs, like water mains and sewer lines.

Since 2007, that fee has been frozen at about $4,000 per home. The rest is then paid by taxpayers.

The council will vote Monday whether to keep those fees where they are. Leirion Gaylor Baird of the City Council said she thinks they should be increased.

"The portion of that infrastructure paid by the development community or homebuilders is remaining flat," Gaylor Baird said. "However, the city's portion isn't remaining flat; it continues to rise. So if we freeze impact fees, then we're asking city taxpayers to take on the additional burden of the costs."

Gaylor Baird said the council can still be swayed either way at this point.

If you would like to attend the public hearing, it'll be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

If you can't make it, click here to voice your opinion or call the city council main line at (402) 441-7515.


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