Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 18:03
Village of Saukville officials were told last week that they may have to amend their ordinance on impact fees or return unspent funds.
A memo from Village Attorney Gerald Antoine noted that the village enacted its impact fee ordinance on June 19, 2007.
With the seven-year window spelled out in the ordinance, money collected for law-enforcement facilities, transportation and the library that is not used by next month would have to be returned.
The impact fee include:
• Law enforcement — $673 for new single-family and duplex homes; $505 per unit for apartment buildings; 24 cents per square foot for commercial buildings; and 17 cents per square foot for industrial buildings.
• Public works/transportation — $74 for single-family and duplex homes; $55 per unit for apartment buildings; and less than 2 cents per square foot for commercial and industrial buildings.
• Library — $560 for single-family and duplex homes; $420 per unit for apartment buildings.
Combined, the owner of a new single-family or duplex home is expected to pay $1,307 in impact fees; $980 per unit for apartment buildings; 26 cents per square foot for commercial buildings; and 18 cents per square foot for industrial buildings.
The village has approximately $23,000 in the law enforcement account, $2,200 in the transportation account and $5,400 in the library account.
At the request of village officials, Antoine proposed amending the ordinance so that the village would have an additional three years to use the collected fees — until June of 2017.
That same 10-year time frame would also apply to fees collected from now on, according to the proposed ordinance.
“If we don’t do anything with the time line spelled out in our ordinance, we are at the point where we would have to return the money we have collected,” Village Administrator Dawn Wagner said.
“Extending it to 10 years gives us additional time to figure out where we want to go with these projects.”
A public hearing must be held before the fee extension is implemented.