Frederick County commissioners halt increase to builders’ fees

Subtitle: Fees had been scheduled to jump 3.5 percent
Source: Gazette
Author: Sherry Greenfield
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Date Published: 05/17/2012

A scheduled increase in the fees developers pay when building new homes has been tabled, pending a public hearing. Last week, the County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to postpone the 3.5 percent increase because, they said, it would deter residential construction and further hamper a struggling housing market. The fees, paid to the county to offset increased demand for services resulting from residential growth, are automatically scheduled to increase July 1 every year to account for any hike in construction costs.