Vote coming on commercial impact fees

CHARLES TOWN – A pilot program that would reduce commercial impact fees to a nominal sum beginning next month is likely to be voted upon in coming weeks.

The program, slated to last two years, was proposed by the Jefferson County Development Authority.

The public was given a chance to voice their views on the proposal at a Thursday night hearing, but few showed up to speak.

The proposal would reduce commercial impact fees, which go to pay for capital costs at police and fire departments, by 99.5 percent.

John Reisenweber, executive director of the JCDA, pointed out that commercial impact fees currently contribute a very small proportion of total impact fee revenue, with residential impact fees contributing a larger share.

There is no proposal to reduce residential impact fees.

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