Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


January 06, 1993

Planners back impact fee rise

Sykesville's Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending an $800 increase in the town's impact fee for new residence construction.

The fee, which is used to pay for capital improvements and services, would rise from $225 to $1,060 if the Town Council approves the recommendation at next Monday's session. Approval would make the fee effective within 20 days.

Town Manager James L. Schumacher said planned capital improvement projects justify the increase.

"The town needs the dollars to implement improvements to services," he said.

Councilman Jonathan Herman, who also serves on the planning commission, said developers plan to build 370 new homes in Sykesville in the next few years. These will "add significantly" to the number of people and demand for town services, he said.

"The only alternative would be to raise everybody's taxes to pay for new roads and services," Mr. Herman said.

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