Developer fee vote a deadlock

first_imgThe state has set $2.63 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction. In the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, developer-fee revenue is divided among the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the individual elementary school districts within the high school district boundaries. Districts can charge more than the standard fee if certain conditions are met, such as having passed a school construction bond measure in the past four years and having 20 percent or more of classes in portable buildings. Six districts charge more than the standard rate. They are the Antelope Valley Union High, Eastside Union, Lancaster, Palmdale, Southern Kern Unified and Westside Union school districts. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – A move to increase developer fees will likely return for more discussion after Mojave Unified School District trustees split on a 2-2 vote on whether to hike the levy that helps pay for school facilities. One of the two dissenting board members said she voted against the increase because it might discourage development in the area. “We’ve had problems in the past with growth,” trustee Connie Biehl said. “I feel that increasing developer fees discourages development. We want to keep it as low as possible so developers can come in and build new properties and increase enrollment.” Biehl and trustee Annette Edblad voted against hiking the fee levied on home builders from $2.24 per square foot to $2.63 per square foot, the amount set by the state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBoard members Jim Hooper and Edward Sigh voted for it. Trustee Shawn Sprague was absent. Superintendent Larry Phelps said it is likely the board will take up the issue again at a future board meeting. He will have information about the fees other school districts in southeast Kern County are charging. “You don’t have to have developer fees. If you don’t, you have to find another way to fund housing for new kids that come in,” Phelps said. “We don’t want to stop developers, but we want to mitigate some of the impact (of residential development).” Developer fees do not bring in enough money to build schools but they can be used to pay for portable classroom buildings, Phelps said. Mojave has been growing by about 100 students yearly for the past several years, and housing construction in the two communities in the district, Mojave and California City, appears to be on an upswing, Phelps said. last_img read more

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