New Developers Could See Fees Increase on November Ballot

2 years 7 months 1 week ago June 07, 2014 Jun 7, 2014 Saturday, June 07 2014 Saturday, June 07, 2014 5:56:00 PM CDT in News
By: Amy Munneke, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA- A Columbia councilman is considering whether or not new developers pay enough to accommodate new residents.  

Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas presented a budget analysis to members of the community Saturday at Dunn Brothers Coffee.  The analysis consisted of payments made to the city by new development compared with the costs incurred by the city to expand infrastructure systems in order to meet the needs of new development. 

Thomas looked at development fees over a 10-year period and found that the developers are only paying 20 percent of the costs while the other 80 percent comes from taxpayers. 

One infrastructure cost he looked at was "Road Capacity Expansion" projects since 2005.  He found that the total cost of these projects was $84.5 million but the new developers paid only $7.6 million.

Thomas said Columbia is adding 10,000 residents every three years and it isn't fair that current residents are having to pay for the accommodations created to meet the needs of new residents.

"We are paying for part of the cost of growth from the growth but the majority we're paying for from our existing community and we need, I believe to get closer to charging growth for the actual cost of growth," Thomas said.

Thomas said that he and the other council members have discussed increasing new development fees on the November ballot.  

He said they have not discussed how much the fee increase would be.

KOMU 8 News reached out to several new local developments but they have not yet responded for comment.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - After a budget resolution aimed at repealing Obamacare was reached Jan. 12, groups in Missouri plan to protest... More >>
1 hour ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 2:50:00 PM CST in News
CALIFORNIA - Central Missouri Democrats nominated an attorney who formerly worked for the Missouri Senate to run in a special... More >>
1 hour ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 2:36:00 PM CST in News
HILLSBORO - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 28-year-old man died after a four-wheeler he was riding on overturned.... More >>
1 hour ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 2:09:00 PM CST in News
NICKELVILLE - A southwest Missouri county highway is expected to be closed until Thursday as crews clean up an oil... More >>
1 hour ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 2:02:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP)-Police are investigating after a 34- year-old man was found dead outside a hospital in north St. Louis... More >>
5 hours ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 10:51:26 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Cafe Berlin reopened Monday for brunch, after being closed following a destructive break-in. The break-in on Saturday night... More >>
5 hours ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 10:05:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP)- St. Louis' fortunes may be looking up, thanks to a surprising surge in business startups. St.... More >>
6 hours ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 9:41:00 AM CST in News
COOPER COUNTY - Just before 5 a.m. Monday morning, the Cooper County Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire... More >>
7 hours ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 8:29:00 AM CST in Top Stories
CAMDEN COUNTY - Deputies took a suspect who stabbed three people Sunday into custody without incident. The suspect is awaiting... More >>
17 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 10:20:00 PM CST in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - The northbound lanes of Highway 63 near Hinton Road were closed after the engine compartment of a... More >>
18 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 9:49:07 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expan d services to Missouri customers... More >>
20 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:50:00 PM CST in News
GRANBY (AP) — Anoth er Missouri school district is c onsidering whether to join 18 others that have adopted a... More >>
20 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:46:03 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Steven Hughes thought he found the perfect car for his family of five — until the title proving... More >>
22 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:59:00 PM CST in News
MARSHALL (AP) - Missouri authorities are searching for a suspected parole violator they say exchanged gunfire with a state trooper... More >>
23 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A break in at popular downtown restaurant Cafe Berlin forced the restaurant to close Sunday, according to a... More >>
1 day ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:19:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Mixed reactions came out of mid-Missouri Sunday as the weekend ice storm began to wind down. While... More >>
1 day ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:07:00 PM CST in News
LAKE OZARK - After being stuck indoors waiting for this ice storm to end, some people might be getting a... More >>
1 day ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:42:00 AM CST in News
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A man died at the hospital after a car crash on I-70 Saturday night, according to a... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:45:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
4pm 54°
5pm 53°
6pm 53°
7pm 52°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
Dr. Phil
4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show
4:00p
Cops Reloaded
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Celebrity Apprentice
9:00p
Timeless
7:00p
Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld