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Carroll commissioners may waive impact fees for new homes

The sluggish housing market and the ensuing decline in school enrollment has the Carroll County Commissioners considering a proposal to drop impact fees on new home construction for the next few years.

The county collects the fees on residential construction to offset the growth-related costs of building the schools and other infrastructure needed to meet the demands of new residents. The fees, which depend on the size of a new home and can be as much as $6,000, pay to build new schools and parks and provide recreation. Carroll has not seen a significant influx of new residents in the past few years and has experienced a drop in enrollment at its schools, officials said.

"The idea would be to hold off on the fees for schools for a few years, until the economy improves, and then revisit the issue," Commissioner Haven Shoemaker said. "We would continue collecting for park and recreation projects."

The commissioners will schedule a public hearing on the proposal before voting on its adoption.


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