PSJ Commissioners balk on Eastern waiver

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM.

Gibson wrote that the city had established a precedent in a previous situation where one entity “demolished users of more water and sewer capacity than the applicant would use” and “we would waive the facility charges” or impact fees.

Gibson wrote given that the city was justified in waiving the fees.

Gibson was absent from the meeting and could not provide information on that precedent.

Commissioners Phil McCroan and Bill Kennedy recalled the city’s recent action pertaining to First Baptist Church, which paid more than $30,000 in impact fees when it built a new family hall and parking lot.

Kennedy said Oak Grove Church had done the same, built a new facility and paid impact fees.

“I want to be consistent,” Kennedy said. “We are not being consistent. I want the jobs like anybody. I want to be fair. We have to be fair and consistent.”

Kennedy said that he would like the city adopt a policy setting forth when and if such incentives might be offered for a company moving into the city. He said he would not hold up Eastern for the drafting of such a policy, but wanted to see a process put in place.

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