At Monday’s regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Montrose County Board of County Commissioners voted to eliminate development impact fees. The Board rescinded all previous resolutions adopting the fees. The elimination of the fee is effective immediately. This change will lower the cost of a building permit for a single family home by $2,779.80.
“I would rather see this money stay in the pocket of citizens as opposed to going into an account held by the county. This is a different view than past Boards have taken,” said Chairman Keith Caddy. “I’m glad to take an action that directly lowers building costs and benefits the citizens.”
At present there is approximately $674,000 in the impact fee fund held by the county. Per the previously adopted resolutions, the majority of this funding (approximately 75%) is earmarked for use by road and bridge. Colorado state statute provides certain stipulations as to how impact fee funding can be spent. The Board will be meeting with staff to discuss these restrictions as they pertain to potential uses of the impact fee fund.
“It did not seem equitable that the county has never paid for a project out of the impact fee fund. This money is supposed to serve the citizens,” said Commissioner Roger Rash. “No longer charging the fees is a good first step. Beyond that, I believe that the public should see a return on the money they have paid into this fund over the past 10 years. The Board will be looking at options to make that happen.”
Per statute, revenue derived from impact fees is to be used for capital improvements with an estimated useful life of five years or longer. Funding is to be used to address impacts related to new development and cannot be used to correct deficiencies in existing infrastructure.
For more information, contact Planning and Development Director, Steve White at (970) 252-4550 or firstname.lastname@example.org