Fast Focus: 'Should schools collect impact fees on new housing?' For the good of the city

April 27, 2014 

Definition: "An impact fee is a fee imposed on property by municipalities for new infrastructure that must be built or increased due to new property development. These fees are designed to offset the impact of additional development and residents on the municipalities' infrastructure and services, which include the city's water and sewer network, police and fire protection services, schools and libraries."

These fees are vital to the city's ability to operate and thrive. A city that has impact fees is well equipped to provide its citizens with adequate services. Even though everyone just mentions that schools need these fees, it is the city that needs them and the schools are included in the city's economy. Hopefully Kennewick will someday decide to make this city great and implementing adequate impact fees is the way to go. Cities in Florida now assess $20-30,000 as impact fees. They are absorbed and the cities thrive. I've been there and seen what the impact fees can do.

-- ELIZABETH LUCZYNSKI, Kennewick

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