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Friday, September 09, 2016

Wicomico Council Likely Headed Toward Impact Fee Repeal

SALISBURY – Actions are underway to repeal development impact fees after Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, armed with support from elected officials and a real estate membership organization, sent a proposal to the County Council.

The County Council will most likely introduce the repeal for a vote at its next meeting, according to Council President At-Large John Cannon.

“I’ve always been in favor of eliminating impact fees,” Cannon says. “It is a burden to new home buyers.”

The County Council opened the proposal for discussion at the Sept. 6 meeting and heard arguments for and against the repeal.

Culver has championed the repeal since his election, but the County Council has agreed to postpone discussions on the matter through 2016. Members are now starting to consider alternatives before the moratorium ends Dec. 31.

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does it take so long for these idiots to make an important decision? If we don't need an impact fee now , why did we need one then , it doesn't make any sense . Why do they practice with my money? Doctors are the only ones who have a licence to practice. Why do we need a county council ? Nothing more than a tax making group of ignorant people. Laws , laws and more BS laws that we don't even enforce.

Anonymous said...

Good news. New home construction should have never been singled out by Wicomico and assessed an impact fee. The theory was that people buying new homes were a great strain to the county schools, etc. The truth is people relocating to this county and buying a used house or renting a house or apartment with many people crammed in it are much more of an impact. If charging an impact fee on new construction was such a great idea why didn't Worcester or Sussex County do the same?

Anonymous said...

So the taxpayers pay for the infrastructure?

Anonymous said...

Yes taxpayers pay... not renters

Anonymous said...

What does this mean for developers that create housing developments? The taxpayers put in the water and sewer and streets and lighting, etc.? That hardly seems fair.

Anonymous said...

No. Taxpayers never paid for water, sewer, streets, lighting or for developers to create housing developments. Those costs were paid by the developers.

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of buffoons. We DO need the impact fees. Just follow a logical thought process (if you can) and you will come to the same conclusion.

Also, the fact that a real estate group is AGAINST the fees is supposed to sway us? I think not as we know their interests lie in lining their pockets, not in providing appropriate services for our citizens.

This is a joke! Where are the city and county planners? Where are the environmental groups? What about children's advocates? What say you?

Anonymous said...

If an Adequate Facilities Law was passed in the county, my guess would be there would be no new construction because the county doesn't have adequate facilities to service the people, even now.
Stop whining over an impact fee only dedicated to schools. It's only for new construction, and if they eliminate it, everyone in the county will be footing the bill for the debt for school construction/renovation.(even those who have lived in the same home for years and don't even have children)

Anonymous said...

Developers don't always pay for infrastructure in the end. Sometimes it comes as a developer reimbursement, as it did over ten years ago to the tune of over $2,000,000 to a couple of Salisbury developers under the Tilghman-Dunn reign.
One of those developers was in a cozy relationship with Mike Dunn, then the city council president, building on the land that Dunn and his father owned and Dunn had the council annex into the city even though it was a mile and a half outside the city. The reimbursement was for the infrastructure to a housing development that promised over 220 homes. Right now, there are maybe 20 homes, with the rest of the sites growing weeds. The developer got his $1,000,000, but the city doesn't get the residential taxes that he promised.

Anonymous said...

I( sa y you still can't convince me to build a new home in t his county. It is circling the bowl like a floater.

Anonymous said...

The city gets property taxes from the vacant lots or land and sewer and water impact fees

Anonymous said...

Which county at you going to build your new house in?

Anonymous said...

Broward County. Walk around the pool and on to the dock all within 30 feet of the house. No 100' set back, no mosquitos/mayflies/greenhead flies or liberals.

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