Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse Vol. 11 No. 4, Fall 2007
Impact Fees Are Becoming a Popular Tool of Tax-strapped
When Oak Grove, California, required an impact fee of $240,357 to issue a building permit for the $500,000 home of Muhammed Ahmad and Jonette Banzon, they enlisted the help of Pacific Legal Foundation. The fee was ultimately settled at $9,750. Such building permit "exactions," as they are known, average $26,392 for a single family home in California, according to Duncan Associates, as cited in Kris Hudson's Property Report in The Wall Street Journal on November 21. Reports of extraordinary impact fees being imposed in New York State are reaching PRFA.