***IMPORTANT UPDATE 5/15/20***
City Council voted 3-3 on agenda item 5.3 which asked for an amendment that would allow the council to update the plan and change the fees prior to the 2021 Update. The tie vote meant the item failed to pass.
City Council voted 6-0 on agenda item 5.4 which asked for a resolution to set a public hearing to decide on raising the fees. This item FAILED unanimously.
We want to thank our City Council for listening to the citizens and stopping this effort.
One thing became noticeably clear. The city staff, although supposedly neutral, very much wants these fees to be imposed.
The city staff has an agenda to pad their budget and make lives easier and better for themselves. Do not let them fool you, the money from Impact Fees will allow them to free up general funds to spend however they would like to.
Is the city really out of money? Let’s look at the big picture:
- We have the nicest fire houses in the state. (We are ok with this)
- We have the nicest brand new police station in the state. (We are ok with this)
- We have the nicest city hall in the state under construction. (We are ok with this)
- People consider College Station one of the nicest cities in the state.
Don’t tell the citizens the city is broke and more money is needed from them.
- Taxes have been raised 4 years in a row.
- Road maintenance fees have been levied on your utility bill.
- Road maintenance fees were increased in January without telling us.
If the city is low on funds, how about doing what the other businesses must do:
- Cut salaries of highly paid executives.
- Sell assets. (the city owns hundreds of acres of land, and it isn’t taxed)
- Reduce operating expenses.
Keep in mind the staff has been promoting this message of needing more money for years. This is not a new request because of COVID-19.
There is NO NEED to call your city council members upset about Impact Fees at this time; but stand ready, because the staff will try to bring them back around to revisit this issue.
Impact Fees, as proposed by the City Council of College Station, will END growth south of Rock Prairie Road.
Follow the Cause and Effect
ACCORDING TO THE ROAD IMPACT PROPOSAL,
INCREASE THE COST OF NEW HOMES
(by $16,000 South of rock Prairie)
increase the cost of new commercial buildings
Rents and leases will skyrocket
The new proposed Max Impact Fee schedule will put a $523,083 fee on the
permit for any new small restaurant of 4,000 sq ft with a drive-thru South of Rock Prairie.
POTENTIAL BUSINESSES WILL FIND MORE ATTRACTIVE MUNICIPALITIES ELSEWHERE
Existing small business in town will suffer
Small businesses have had enough challenges this year.
Let's Not add another.
A COLLEGE STATION CITY COUNCIL MEMBER IS TRYING TO KILL GROWTH IN SOUTH COLLEGE STATION
A city council member is sneaking in a rushed vote this month, while the community is distracted with the Covid-19 crisis.
WHO ARE WE?
We are a coalition of citizens (neighbors/business owners) who do not want to jeopardize College Station's growth, hurt small businesses struggling through 2020, or add thousands of dollars of fees to the cost of homes in College Station. We decided to do something about it. We want our neighbors to know there is a sneaky plan underway to stop growth - in fact, a vote is being rushed through on May 28th unless we do something about it. There is still time, but there's no time to lose.