The city of Bozeman is taking another look at it's impact fees.
"The city is very committed to being fiscally responsible and transparent and fair, and impact fees are one part of that. In order to help maintain that fairness and responsibility we need to check and verify the data that goes into the impact fee calculation. If those factors change, the fees need to accordingly," said Assistant Planning Director for Bozeman Chris Saunders.
Impact fees are collected when new homes or business are constructed. The fees pay the additional stress on city services and infrastructure from increased use.
Fees can cover fire, streets, water and sewer services.
"If you build a new house there's one more group of people who are opening the tap and there's a whole network of pipes and other items that have to be in place in order for that water to flow when you turn on the tap," Saunders said.
City officials re-evaluate the fees every three years.
"In this case there's actually some good sized changes. In part because there's new data that just wasn't available the last time. The most obvious that folks might recognize is the 2010 Census. And there's other data products that have come out since then that have helped us get a better sense of what the community uses as far as infrastructure for individual homes and businesses," said Saunders.
The Impact Fee Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting about impact fees on Thursday, August 16th at 6 p.m. at City Hall.