New impact fees take effect

June 1, 2008 12:00:46 PM PDT
New impact fees in the capital city go into effect Sunday.

The Raleigh city council voted last month to increase the fees to off-set the cost of new development.

The council rejected a recommendation from the city's planning commission to gradually phase in the higher fees.

The money generated by the city's impact fees, are used to help pay for new road construction, and park development.

The fee increase was approved in a 7 to1 vote --with Philip Isley voting against it-- doubling the current rates.

"I really believe that today is not the day to raise impact fees 60 percent," said city council member Philip Isley, who expressed concern that raising the impact fees now, as other costs of living like gas and groceries skyrocket.

"We're setting up the city, in a very tumultuous economic time, for more heartache," Isley said.

Other council members disagreed. "There's never a good time to raise taxes or fees," said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.

"Today it's time to move on," said city council member Russ Stephenson. "And put this behind us."

  • $1,051 for a single-family residence less than 1,000 square feet in size;
  • $1,249 for a single-family residence between 1,000 and 1,999 square feet in size;
  • $1,386 for a single-family residence between 2,000 and 2,999 square feet;
  • $1,491 for a single-family residence between 3,000 and 3,999 square feet;
  • $1,573 for a single-family residence between 4,000 and 4,9999 square feet; and,
  • $1,684 for a single-family residence 5,000 square feet or larger.

The fees will also be applied to new single-family homes in addition to new commercial, industrial and recreational properties.


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