In a special called meeting on Tuesday night, the Van Alstyne City Council voted unanimously to reinstate all impact fees and tap fees, effective immediately.
The original waiver for these fees was put in place Aug. 10, 2010, and waived all impact fees and half of the tap fees for residential new construction.
The impact fee rates will entail a $1,544.58 maximum impact fee per service unit and the same rate for adopted. The maximum impact fee per service unit is $771.49 and the adopted rate is the same.
Tap fees are as follows:
— Water System Connection Fee: Three quarter inch (3/4”) tap $618.88
— Sewer System Connection Fee: four inch (4”) tap $561.38
The issue of impact and tap fees came by way of the city’s budget workshop as Van Alstyne looks for more incoming funds to help balance its budget. With all the new residential home construction underway (45 build-outs have been completed by D.R. Horton since January) councilmen John Jennings and Jim Smith at that Aug. 26 workshop meeting raised the issue of charging impact fees. Impact fees, for those who are not familiar with the term, are fees imposed by a city or municipality on a development to cover all or some of the cost of providing public services to those locations, in this case new homes.
The new impact fees and tap fees will affect anyone who pulls a permit for residential new home construction.