With little development, little pressure has been felt on current facilities
With no major projects on the immediate horizon and the time running out for the expenditure of funds already collected, the Fredonia Village Board approved striking water and police impact fees from its ordinance.
The action came after village trustees decided in June that the fees could no longer be justified based on projected needs.
At a time when the village anticipated significant growth, the fees were adopted to help cover the cost of expanded facilities needed to meet the needs of new residents.
The base water impact fee was $830, increasing based on the size of the service line to the property.
The money collected was to be used for expanding the facilities of the water utility, such as the construction of a new well.
The police facilities impact fee was set at $289, based on a 2003 needs assessment of future police needs as the village’s population grows.
Unfortunately for the village, that growth never came.
Because of that, the village has had to refund about $1,200 in impact fees held three years past the 10-year “spend date” designated by state law.
When trustees were deliberating the elimination of the impact fees, Village President Don Dohrwardt said the move might actually make it more desirable to build a new home in the village.
The village continues to collect an $855 impact fee on new homes for parks and a $202 fee for fire department facilities.