GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
Grand Junction City Councilors held an open “workshop” meeting Monday. The topic of discussion most folks were there for? Raising impact fees.
For every building built in Grand Junction, contractors are charged a fee to help offset the cost the city incurs for providing services. Some of those fees haven’t been raised in Grand Junction since the mid-90’s. Now the City is exploring its options when it comes to raising those fees.
In response, a group that includes; the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association, Housing and Business Association Of West Colorado, Western Colorado Contractors, and Grand Junction Area Chambers, commissioned a study to compare Grand Junction’s fees to Fruita, Gunnison, Montrose, Pueblo and Sterling. The study finds contractors in Grand Junction pay 52% more for a single-family residence, and 27% more on commercial projects.
Realtors KREX spoke with say that’s a problem. They are worried if impact fees go up, businesses and residents hoping to build here might look elsewhere. The group is recommending a more modest fee than originally proposed by the city, as well as a slower roll out for the planed fee.
At Monday’s meeting city councilors talked about the groups request, even the option of taxes to existing properties. (Although, not at great length) Mayor Pro Tem, Duke Wortmann, admitted making decisions like these are tough. “We’re not making these decisions in a vacuum, we’re trying to include people that are our neighbors. And sometimes, as leaders in a community, you have to make decisions that aren’t really popular in every aspect of it… But, we’re certainly trying in every other aspect to get there.”
There is a Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for Aug. 27th, and action is expected to be taken at Sep. 4th’s meeting.