Neighborhood Groups Voice Support for Impact Fees

Over the next 10 years, Lincoln faces a 290 million dollar shortfall just in paying for infrastructure costs in new housing developments. Some homeowner associations want builders to pay for that. The so-called impact fees would pass the infrastructure expense directly to builders, and ultimately to new homeowners. On Wednesday, the Fair Share Alliance gathered in the city building to voice their support for impact fees. The alliance is made up of 14 neighborhood associations that support builders paying more. They want to see the fees phased in over a period of three to five years.

One builder told Channel 8 Eyewitness News that most infrastructure needs are paid for by the builders already, and that impact fees will decrease new home building by 20 to 30 percent. A public meeting will be held on the issue Thursday night at the City County building. It will start at 4:30 and last until 6 o'clock.