City of Brawley suspends water/wastewater capacity fee and development impact fee increases

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City of Brawley

BRAWLEY – The Brawley City Council suspended all scheduled water/wastewater capacity fee and development impact fee increases until the public works director position is filled and a new capital improvement plan and associated studies are completed.

In 2011, the council voted to adopt a resolution to establish an implementation schedule for water/wastewater capacity fees and development impact fees in accordance with the City of Brawley Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and associated studies.

It was found that these fees had not been raised in years and that they, in fact, were the lowest in Southern California. These fees are charged to new development and are to provide capacity for new growth in the city.

The water/wastewater capacity fees were on a five-year schedule and the development impact fees were on a three-year schedule to be completely raised by 2015.

Due to economic conditions, including the closing of the National Beef plant, the council postponed some of the scheduled fee increases. To date, the water/wastewater capacity fees have been increased 70% and the development impact fees have been increased 33%.

Due to the age of the studies associated with the CIP and the changes in capital needs, the council voted to suspend the fee schedules until a new public works director is hired and the CIP is updated with new studies to provide data to establish water/wastewater capacity fees and development impact fees.

The new studies could take up to 18 months to complete.