January 19, 1995
In the current political climate, raising taxes is an exceptionally difficult task. Despite Carroll County's need for more revenue to finance school construction, the anti-tax sentiment is so widespread that the commissioners are constantly in a search for more politically palatable ways to raise revenue.Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown has focused on impact fees as the answer to Carroll County's fiscal bind. While impact fees may have a place in a balanced array of taxes, a heavy reliance on them is both ineffective and inequitable.
September 18, 2008
Facing a November deadline for breaking a nearly yearlong impasse over whether to raise development impact fees, Anne Arundel County elected officials will take at least another month to work out the details. With Anne Arundel lagging behind other counties in what fees it collects from developers to cover the costs of building schools, roads and other new services, the county has little choice but to boost its rates, supporters say. The sticking point lately has been a "grandfathering" clause that county officials say affects as many as 12,000 lots scattered throughout the county.
April 12, 1994
Considering that Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown has announced he is running for Carroll County commissioner, he comes off as courageous for condemning what he says are the county's low rates of property taxes and impact fees. Especially in an election year, most politicians consider it political suicide to even suggest the need for higher taxes and fees.But Mayor Brown's stance is not as brave it might appear. To raise the additional revenue, he advocates increasing impact fees -- charges tacked on to new construction, ostensibly to pay for schools and roads -- because most county residents think they won't have to pay them.
July 20, 1992
Carroll County's commissioners have paid for three different studies on impact fees -- the charges levied on developers to cover the cost of new schools, roads and public parks. The studies, which cost $119,800, were supposed to create an acceptable formula for setting these fees. The commissioners weren't totally happy with the findings of the first two studies, and they are not likely to be satisfied with the latest, either.The most recent study recommended changing the entire structure of the fee system.
July 14, 1991
In their on-again, off-again relationship with development impact fees, the County Commissioners are about to tackle the issue again.For the third time, they will study the fees charged developers for the county's new schools, roads, sewers and parkland.In approving a $37,000 study by Carroll's impact fee veterans, Tischler & Associates Inc. of Bethesda, Montgomery County, the commissioners hope to, once and for all, come up with the definitive formula for deciding the fee.That formula has eluded two sets of commissioners since the fees were enacted in 1989.
November 2, 1990
Determined not to do anything to discourage development in the city, the Baltimore Planning Commission has voted unanimously against a measure that could have required builders to pay fees to neighborhoods hurt by development.The plan has been proposed by the Southeast Linkage Group, a coalition of southeast Baltimore neighborhoods that have felt the brunt of expensive waterfront developments.The group wants to establish impact zones in areas where development comprises 2 acres or at least 50,000 square feet.