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Lincoln's impact fees to remain the same, for now

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By: Bill Schammert
bschammert@klkntv.com

After nearly three hours of debate at Monday night's city council meeting, impact fees will remain exactly the same for developers in the city of Lincoln.

Fees have remained at the same level, $4,685, since 2007 when the city chose to freeze the fees to try and encourage building.

Impact fees are paid by developers for new infrastructure, like sewage and water pipes, as well as streets.

"The cost to put in new infrastructure to support new homes; to put in streets, sewage and the water pipes, it isn't fixed," Lincoln City Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird said at Monday night's meeting.

As the economy and housing market have rebounded, last January the city council asked a group of several organizations, from the Chamber of Commerce to the Homebuilder's Association, to examine impact fees.

That group came back Monday night with a proposal to maintain the freeze for another six months while the group can bring others to the table and look at different ideas.

Kyle Fischer with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has promised his group will look at impact fees and possible other revenue sources.  

 "We would ask for a freeze to go out and do this, keep the levels at what they are today and allow them not to change for the sake of clarity," Fischer said.

 Gaylor Baird was among three council members to vote to lift the freeze in favor of around a $70 increase.  The others were Jon Cook and Doug Emery.  But, a four-to-three vote meant the freeze will remain the same for now."

One of the ideas thrown on the table tonight, a possible across-the-board 2-percent increase on water rates.

The group has promised to come back in six-months with a new plan.

 

 

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