DA rules funds will be collected May 1
The district attorney has ruled that the impact fee for roads can’t be collected until May 1, contrary to previous reports by the road department.
District Attorney Scott Doyle said that after the county passed the ordinance for a $500 fee per residential unit in March and published the notice for two weeks, state law requires that the tax cannot be collected for two months.
“It’s an unusual provision,” Doyle said of this type of fee. “There are not many like that except this particular law.”
Doyle said the discrepancy was discovered around the first of April when the fee was originally thought to go into effect.
He said refunds will be made to anyone who paid in April.
The fee, passed by voters in the November general election, will be used to fund road maintenance as indicated by the five-year transportation plan.
The plan was approved by the county commissioners April 17.