Fees part of overall infrastructure financing strategy
Mayor Don Wesely today congratulated the City Council for approving impact fees, saying the action was a victory for fairness that will help pay for the growth of the City.
"This is an important first step to address a long-standing gap in infrastructure financing," said Mayor Wesely. "Impact fees were recommended by a mayoral committee for consideration in 1995. The fact is that it is reasonable to expect new growth to pay its fair share. Instead of unfair and time-consuming case-by-case negotiations, we now have a fair, open and accountable system to help cover the cost of the new roads, parks and other infrastructure in developing areas of our community. Consumers win, developers win and Lincoln wins."
The one-time impact fee will be paid at the time building permits are issued. The fee for a single-family home will begin at $2,500 and will be phased in over five years to $4,500.
The City has been studying infrastructure financing for several years. With the formal adoption of impact fees to cover part of the infrastructure gap, Wesely said the community can continue moving forward in completing an overall strategy to finance water, sewers, parks and streets in existing and new areas of Lincoln. Monday’s vote advances the work of the Infrastructure Finance Committee, which has been working on the infrastructure gap that remains with the passage of impact fees. The committee will not re-visit the impact fee issue.
The 14-member committee is chaired by Brad Korell, a Board Member and Past President of the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Lincoln Association and President of Wells Fargo Bank in Lincoln; Jan Gauger, former Lancaster County Commissioner and President of One More Time Consignment Sales; and Russ Bayer, past chair of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission and CFO and co-owner of Data Support Systems.
The committee is scheduled to complete its work by June 2003. Impact fees will be implemented June 1, 2003.