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D2 Topic of Discussion ~ Impact Fees & Future Goals

The desires of Clover School District to implement impact fees is certainly understandable and I support their efforts. The impact to infrastructure as a whole has been very costly to District 2 in more ways than one. Full classrooms, long wait times in traffic and more wear and tear on our roads than we could ever keep up with. 

My concerns with the recommended maximum impact fee of originally $12,537 for a newly constructed home and ultimately $15,035 for the same are more broad than high. 

School District 2 encompasses all of County District 2 and a large portion of County District 3. Unlike Fort Mill being homogenous from one side to the other, our community varies greatly from one side to the other. When considering an impact fee of this magnitude, it was important that I look at scenarios through the lens of people on both sides of the District. The impact on the livelihood of local developers was also a consideration for me but not a determining factor in my recommendation of a $4000 fee. As the representative of the mostly rural side of District 2, I felt it was important to not inflict a cost burden to those likely to be building starter homes at values much less than top weighted homes in the Lake Wylie area. Teachers, first responders and those returning to build on family land are a priority as "affordable" housing becomes less and less available. Tischler Bise used the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) criteria that housing should be 30% or less of a household income and suggested that the cost of housing is "moderately burdensome" if the cost burden ratio is over 30%. In their weighted average example dated July 15, 2019, the cost burden is 27%. In the Clover and Lake Wylie specific area examples the cost burden was shown to be 31.7 and 32.8" respectively and these calculations are WITHOUT an impact fee. WITH the proposed fee, these increase to 33.7% for Clover and 32.9% for Lake Wylie. (owner occupied single family residences) Both were over the consultant's suggested maximum threshold of 30%. These would be much higher today with increased mortgage rates. (In comparison, The Fort Mill impact fee of approximately $18,000 did not exceed the suggested 30% at the time it was passed.) 

The original proposed impact fee was $12,537 and included a high school, elementary and middle school. The middle school showed a fee of $2480. When the middle school dropped to $156, the elementary school increased from $4631 to $8089 and the high school increased from $5426 to $6769 with a resulting overall increase in proposed fees $15,014. 

In the July 2019 study, the average home cost was validated at $213,396 by the experts. The average cost used in the CSD presentation to YC Council included custom home averages from the MLS. Impact fees are not absorbed by developers. Passing along a $15,035 impact fee to first time buyers and those in need of lower priced options conflicts with the goal of affordable housing opportunities in our area. 

The expert Tischler Bise, suggest adequate public facilities ordinances in conjunction with school impact fees. This allows for critical infrastructure, including schools to be funded by new residential growth. This has been a goal of mine for a couple years on behalf of D2 residents but it has been met with opposition from schools. In a recent conversation with a school board member, the questions of having to relinquish the board came up. This is not a valid concern and CSD would still have a board dedicated to their needs. I feel this needs to be explored by York County and Clover School District so that all infrastructure needs within our community can be met with one impact fee. It would certainly be higher than $4000 as I do not intend to decrease that number for schools. The amount could increase the amount for CSD and include incremental increases for fire and EMS, roads, parks and recreation, and Sheriff's Department needs. 

My goal is to work with Clover School District, their Board and York County Planning Department to insure that all infrastructure costs are met with a fee that is fair and just for all taxpayers and NEW home buyers. 

Thank you for taking time to read this detail. I hope you realize I am in favor of helping CSD meet their goals. There will come a time when the Town of Clover and possibly York County will need to charge a fee to residents for infrastructure improvements. If these entities work together rather than independently, we can accomplish our common goals of providing residents with needed services at the lowest possible costs. 

Allison Love

District 2, York County

 

Below is the text conversation between former school board chair Mack McCarter and myself. I have done my part in helping with Tract built homes as he asked. Zero have been added to the County District 2 unincorporated area in my 7 and a half years as the county council representative. 

Also below is the letter County Council received from YC School Superintendents related to our looking further into an adequate public facilities ordinance. Note their reason #1 was it would impact local builders as if a $15,035 impact would not. Ironically, LOCAL builders can be exempt from these fees if that is a concern. I don't believe we should lean on an expert opinion only when it suits. 

NOTE: Approximately 3700 homes still to come in the area of our newest schools are exempt from paying impact fees based on the language in a 2008 developers agreement. I have also suggested that the above mentioned entities work to END THAT AGREEMENT that was based on Daimler Truck moving their headquarters to an almost 400 acre site on what was Daimler Blvd. Thus agreement was slated to terminate in the next couple years but the state legislature extended ALL agreements of this type statewide in 2011. The end date is now 2035 and NONE of those thousands of homes have been built as of now. ALL would incur a fee that would benefit infrastructure in D2 if we could quickly get our ducks in a row by working together as whole.

APFO_Letter_to_York_County_Council_1.pdf

School Impact Fees and Goals

The desires of Clover School District to implement impact fees is certainly understandable and I support their efforts. The impact to infrastructure as a whole has been very costly to District 2 in more ways than one. Full classrooms, long wait times in traffic and more wear and tear on our roads than we could ever keep up with. 

My concerns with the recommended maximum impact fee of originally $12,537 for a newly constructed home and ultimately $15,035 for the same are more broad than tall. 

School District 2 encompasses all of County District 2 and a large portion of County District 3. Unlike Fort Mill being homogenous from one side to the other, our community varies greatly from one side to the other. When considering an impact fee of this magnitude, it was important that I look at scenarios through the lens of people on both sides of the District. The impact on the livelihood of local developers was also a consideration for me but not a determining factor in my recommendation of a $4000 fee. As the representative of the mostly rural side of District 2, I felt it was important to not inflict a cost burden to those likely to be building starter homes at values much less than top weighted homes in the Lake Wylie area. Teachers, first responders and those returning to build on family land are a priority as "affordable" housing becomes less and less available. Tischler Bise used the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) criteria that housing should be 30% or less of a household income and suggested that the cost of housing is "moderately burdensome" if the cost burden ratio is over 30%. In their weighted average example dated July 15, 2019, the cost burden is 27%. In the Clover and Lake Wylie specific area examples the cost burden was shown to be 31.7 and 32.8" respectively and these calculations are WITHOUT an impact fee. WITH the proposed fee, these increase to 33.7% for Clover and 32.9% for Lake Wylie. (owner occupied single family residences) Both were over the consultant's suggested maximum threshold of 30%. These would be much higher today with increased mortgage rates. (In comparison, The Fort Mill impact fee of approximately $18,000 did not exceed the suggested 30% at the time it was passed.) 

The original proposed impact fee was $12,537 and included a high school, elementary and middle school. The middle school showed a fee of $2480. When the middle school dropped to $156, the elementary school increased from $4631 to $8089 and the high school increased from $5426 to $6769 with a resulting overall increase in proposed fees $15,014. 

In the July 2019 study, the average home cost was validated at $213,396 by the experts. The average cost used in the CSD presentation to YC Council included custom home averages from the MLS. Impact fees are not absorbed by developers. Passing along a $15,035 impact fee to first time buyers and those in need of lower priced options conflicts with the goal of affordable housing opportunities in our area. 

The expert Tischler Bise, suggest adequate public facilities ordinances in conjunction with school impact fees. This allows for critical infrastructure, including schools to be funded by new residential growth. This has been a goal of mine for a couple years on behalf of D2 residents but it has been met with opposition from schools. In a recent conversation with a school board member, the questions of having to relinquish the board came up. This is not a valid concern and CSD would still have a board dedicated to their needs. I feel this needs to be explored by York County and Clover School District so that all infrastructure needs within our community can be met with one impact fee. It would certainly be higher than $4000 as I do not intend to decrease that number for schools. The amount could increase the amount for CSD and include incremental increases for fire and EMS, roads, parks and recreation, and Sheriff's Department needs. 

My goal is to work with Clover School District, their Board and York County Planning Department to insure that all infrastructure costs are met with a fee that is fair and just for all taxpayers and NEW home buyers. 

Thank you for taking time to read this detail. I hope you realize I am in favor of helping CSD meet their goals. There will come a time when the Town of Clover and possibly York County will need to charge a fee to residents for infrastructure improvements. If these entities work together rather than independently, we can accomplish our common goals of providing residents with needed services at the lowest possible costs. 

Allison Love

District 2, York County

IMAGE: Below is the text conversation between former school board chair Mack McCarter and myself. I have done my part in helping with Tract built homes as he asked. Zero have been added to the County District 2 unincorporated area in my 7 and a half years as the county council representative. 

IMAGE: Below is the letter County Council received from YC School Superintendents related to our looking further into an adequate public facilities ordinance. Note their reason #1 was it would impact local builders as if a $15,035 impact would not. Ironically, LOCAL builders can be exempt from these fees if that is a concern. I don't believe we should lean on an expert opinion only when it suits.  Crucial to note is that the study ultimately requested by County Mgmt. was clearly studied strictly for schools and was meant to be to be for all qualifying infrastructure. This was the result of a miscommunication. 

NOTE: Approximately 3700 homes still to come in the area of our newest schools are exempt from paying impact fees based on the language in a 2008 developers agreement. I have also suggested that the above mentioned entities work to END THAT AGREEMENT that was based on Daimler Truck moving their headquarters to an almost 400 acre site on what was Daimler Blvd. Thus agreement was slated to terminate in the next couple years but the state legislature extended ALL agreements of this type statewide in 2011. The end date is now 2035 and NONE of those thousands of homes have been built as of now. ALL would incur a fee that would benefit infrastructure in D2 if we could quickly get our ducks in a row by working together as whole.

APFO_Letter_to_York_County_Council_1.pdf

 

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