City headed for impact fees

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— With census figures showing a growth rate of more than 46 percent in the city of Steamboat Springs between 1990 and 2000, the City Council decided Tuesday night that it's time to make new development pay for itself in terms of the city's capital needs.

Council pushed city staff to bring back an ordinance to institute impact fees in the city.

Impact fees would be assessed only on new development and would have to be used to address specific capital needs.

They would not be used to supplement the city's operations budget, which, including personnel, makes up more than 50 percent of the 2001 budget.

The potential $1.2 to $1.5 million brought into the city every year through the fees, however, could free up other money that would have been used to pay for new growth-related

capital projects.

The fees could be put to one of four uses: parks, recreation and open space, city buildings and equipment, public safety and transit. Paul Tischler of Tischler and Associates presented council with his recommendations for implementing impact fees and suggested the levels of those fees.

Tischler indicated that the maximum supportable impact fees could be as high as $4,458 for a detached single family residential home and $3,146 per 1,000 square feet of a restaurant.

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