Im­pact fee pool in slump

Li­brary, park to con­tinue as planned

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Rachel Oswald

At the end of fis­cal year 2007, New­ton County col­lected $ 6.26 mil­lion in im­pact fees, with ac­crued in­ter­est from de­vel­op­ers.

A large por­tion of the col­lected fees will be used for the con­struc­tion of a li­brary and a park, both in Dis­trict 2.

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers re­ceived and ap­proved the trans­mit­tal of the An­nual Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ments El­e­ment Up­date to the North­east Ge­or­gia Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter at their Tues­day night meet­ing.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ments are re­quired by the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Af­fairs to up­date their CIE on an an­nual ba­sis.

The re­cent down­turn in the hous­ing mar­ket of New­ton County, which is part of a re­gional and na­tional hous­ing slump, re­sulted in slightly less im­pact fee col­lec­tions than the BOC orig­i­nally an­tic­i­pated ac­cord­ing to John Mid­dle­ton, county ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

“[ The] slow­down in build­ing has slowed down col­lec­tion of im­pact fees,” Mid­dle­ton said.

De­spite the slow­down Mid­dle­ton said the BOC will move for­ward with the two projects al­ready un­der­way, the

Oak Hill Li­brary and Denny Dobbs Park, as fees be­come avail­able.

Mid­dle­ton said he didn’t think the board would amend the county’s 10 year cap­i­tal im­prove­ment struc­ture plan, as it was adopted in 2005.

“ You cer­tainly an­tic­i­pate some highs and lows in the col­lec­tion plan over that 10 years,” Mid­dle­ton said. “ I don’t think you would ever ex­pect to have a straight line where ev­ery­thing is a straight line from the one year to the next.”

Nearly $4 mil­lion in im­pact fees was col­lected at the close of FY 2007 for road im­prove­ments in­clud­ing a project to widen Crow­ell Road from Ga. High­way 81 to Brown Bridge Road from two to four lanes, and a project to widen Fairview Road from the Rock­dale County line to In­ter­state 20 frontage from two to three lanes.

The Crow­ell Road project is es­ti­mated to cost $ 3 mil­lion and the Fairview Road project is es­ti­mated to cost $ 7 mil­lion.

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