County to spend $22K for impact fee investigation

WINDER - Barrow County commissioners voted to spend $22,608 for a nine-month study that will guide a potential impact fee program.

Chief of Operations Keith Lee said Ross Associates will complete the first task in the plan, which calls for an assessment of the benefits of impact fees for the county.

Lee said the focus will be on public safety, parks and recreation and libraries, but that all impact fee-eligible community facilities will be considered in the study.

The study does not guarantee that impact fees will be implemented. Approval of the second task in the plan, which would cost an additional $66,552, would be required before actual fees could be put into place.

Impact fees are charged by more than 30 city and county governments in the state and are designed to defray the cost of providing services to new residents.

They can be collected to help pay for water, wastewater, stormwater, police and fire facilities, roads and bridges, libraries, parks and recreation, 911 and emergency medical service infrastructure.