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NPT City: Election’s done. Let the policy wars commence. First up: Impact fees.

Once in a while, only a handful of times a year, something will bring enough people out to cram the City Council Chambers to the gills (capacity is 156). Tomorrow night (6 p.m.) might be one of those times. From the Newsman Park blog comes a writeup on the issue, including an email from Charlie Wakeem that includes this nugget:

Impact fees are going before City Council next week, Tuesday, May 12 (Items 10A & 10B). The majority of the committee is recommending 100% affordability credits for both multi-family and single-family homes, plus another 50% discount from the $2,000.00 cost. I’m obviously on the minority. You and I will have to make up the difference in our water bills. The developers and home builders are expected to show up in force and bus in their laborers with signs to get their way at City Council next week. They took a page out of the neighborhood associations’ book. STRENGTH IS IN NUMBERS!!


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm

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  1. Think about this. A new subdivision is built and the developer installs all the water and sewer lines at the developers cost. The developer takes the risk that lots in the subdivision are going to sell.

    The PSB does pay for that new water tank that is serving new customers and probably some old ones too. For the next 10 to 20 years the PSB does no maintenance on all the water and sewer serving their new customer in those new subdivisions.

    Meanwhile, back in the neighborhoods built 30, 50, 70 years ago the water pipes are breaking and water is cascading down our streets. Who pays for those pipes to be fixed?

    ALL the water customers–new and old. Doesn’t matter that you live in a new area needing no maintenance. Owners of new homes in new subdivisions are paying for the maintenance of all the older areas. Should we do a special assessment for existing water customers to replace old and aging pipes?

    No, just keep it like it is and don’t implement new taxes. The new ratepayers help pay for the maintenance on the old. Limit growth to zero and water rates will go up because that old stuff has to be maintained and taken care of.


    May 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm

  2. pretty good analysis “sielpaso”. however i would have the developer pay for the new tank because of the need for the higher pressure in the new areas. i also dont think the maintenance for the old areas even comes close to the cost for the new areas. in the desert sometimes growth is not always the best. if you keep letting growth go crazy who is gonna pay for water being piped in from dell city or the high cost of our desalination plant. should the older areas pay for that too ? an extra 5k to 10 k per home doesnt make the payer that much higher and if they are going to default on the loan because of an extra 20 bucks then they shouldnt have bought a home in the first place.


    May 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

  3. Byrd is already at it, she is upset because builders have to take risks in their investments by paying for sewer and water connections, just like the rest of America. We know who financed her campaign.


    May 13, 2009 at 6:36 am

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