BEUTLER SAYS FREEZE ON IMPACT FEES MEANS FEWER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
Mayor Chris Beutler said today he will not veto the City Council’s November 17th action to freeze impact fees at the 2007 level. But he warned that the freeze will lead to fewer needed infrastructure projects.
“We can no longer ignore road infrastructure funding in Lincoln and the role of impact fees in providing that infrastructure,” Beutler said. “Infrastructure is the engine of economic development. To continue growing, we need more roads. We need more sewers. We need more stormwater pipes. We are behind on infrastructure investment and the freeze only contributes to the challenge.”
Beutler said he is comfortable allowing for some temporary relief due to the national economy and the decline in the home building industry. But he said the City will have to make up those lost impact fee dollars when the economy recovers, especially since State and Federal infrastructure funding is uncertain.
The Mayor said his Impact Fee Task Force has examined the most effective means of providing impact fee dollars. He said he hopes its recommendations will lead to changes that will make impact fees less controversial and end the impact fee debate.
“Our infrastructure financing challenges can’t wait,” he said. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves, put aside our differences and find a way, together, to build Lincoln’s future.”