Controversial Impact Fee Increase

By Bill O'Neil

A hotly debated water supply impact fee will be going up in San Antonio--after City Council agrees on a compormise approach to implementing it. 

"I think that what we're looking at today is probably a good compromise as fas as a phased in approach" said Councilwoman Ivy Taylor. The plan raised the fee charged to developers by 22% next month--and antoher 86% in one year. Developers said the added cost will be passed on to home buyers and renters--and that will have an impact. 

"Eventually the City of San Antonio will have the lowest rates in the State, and the highest impact fees. I think that's a recipe for disaster for growth" said developer John Kirk. Others however see plenty of positives in the move.

"We argue that with fair and realistic impact fees, more families will choose to live not on the outskirts of town" said Mike Phillipps. 

SAWS said the large increase is needed to help fund the infrastructure needs San Antonio will see as the City continues to grow.   


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