New Windsor plans to alter impact fee language NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

August 11, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

New Windsor will amend its ordinance governing impact fees because the town's interpretation of the law has not been consistent with the law's wording.

"What they [the Town Council] have to do at the next meeting is amend the ordinance so it reads the way the spirit of the law really is," said Mayor Jack Gullo. "It should read the way we have been putting the law into practice."

The ordinance dealing with impact fees in town currently reads that a $450 fee is paid for each "single-family dwelling unit."

The town has been interpreting that to mean "per lot," Mr. Gullo said.

After it is amended, the ordinance will make the fee apply to "each single-family dwelling unit or the equivalent to a single-family unit."

The wording of the ordinance was scrutinized when Mr. Gullo and the Town Council wanted to give the county school system a break on the impact fees it will pay to build the new middle school in town.

But no one knew how big the break would be.

The Town Council voted during the monthly council meeting Aug. 4 to decrease the fee by half and charge the school system $225 for each lot it uses. The school has the option of building on 57 lots, Mr. Gullo said.

If all lots are used, impact fees would amount to $25,650.

With the resolution, the school system will save $12,825.

But after the vote, Atlee Ridge Developer Mike Sponseller said he thought the fee was applied to each building. If he was right, the town could charge the school system only $450 -- or $225 under the new resolution.

"Once he [Mr. Sponseller] brought that up, the general feeling seemed to be, 'Well, hey, since it's only for the one building, let's hike it back up to $450,' " Mr. Gullo said.

"When I made my pitch, I was under the impression that it was per-lot," he said.

Mr. Gullo said it doesn't matter to him which way the impact fees are calculated. He called the attempt at reducing the amount the county has to pay in impact fees a cooperative gesture on the town's part.

"We never worked the impact fees for the school into the calculations [for expected impact fee revenues for roads and schools] anyway," Mr. Gullo said.

Mr. Gullo said he hopes the changes will be made in time to be presented at the next meeting Sept. 1.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.