We’ve said it before but Ada County is becoming not only victim of growth, but driven by GROWTH.
Under current financing schemes, growth is costly, but without the growth government comes up short on cash to pay for the growth. A recent press release from the Ada County Highway District really puts it in perspective.
With the slowdown in the housing market, the ACHD is coming up about $4 million short in predicted revenues from impact fees. Without that cash in their coffer they have decided to add NO NEW PROJECTs for the next year or two.
Furthermore, projects like the East Park Center bridge are being put off for at least a year and costs are projected to increase nearly 20% per year. It is not a pretty picture.
The GUARDIAN simplistically boils it down this way as an example: Boise City created a problem by approving Harris Ranch subdivision and growth to the east. Impact fees on new construction goes into the kitty to fund construction aimed at dealing with existing problems, but the new construction creates increased load which is fixed by impact fees on new construction which creates….you get the idea.
Of course there is probably some provision about impact fees going to the area of the new construction, but from a practical standpoint the ACHD depends on fees to run their budget.
Fire Department white shirts–with help from a consultant of course–have figured it out and they are about to seek impact fees based on new construction square footage. Look for the council to grapple with a figure of somewhere around $700 impact fee per new residence as the cost to build new stations, staff them and buy apparatus.
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