Giving developers a break on impact fees may or may not spur development in DeKalb…and members of the City Council want to see whether or not doing so has helped other towns, before deciding whether or not to take that step. During Monday night’s Committee of the Whole session, city staff outlined some of the potential benefits of lowering impact fees; they note that this would be just the beginning, as they put together a package of changes which could be of interest to developers.
Economic developer Jason Michnick suggests that the city grant a two-year waiver of water and transportation fees, and also give new homeowners a $1-thousand sales tax rebate for the purchase of household items.
Mayor John Rey says there’s much for the Council to consider, so they want firm data on what benefits or problems other cities have had with such incentives.
During the regular meeting, the Council debated the make-up of its Economic Development Commission; there was much discussion of how many local residents should serve, and how many – if any – from outside DeKalb.
They eventually settled on five local members, and two from out of town who have local business interests.
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