Edwardsville May Permanently Repeal Educational Impact Fee

Edwardsville May Permanently Repeal Educational Impact Fee

An ordinance introduced Tuesday by the Edwardsville city council would permanently eliminate the tuition fee if passed by the council.

It received its first reading in the Committee on Administrative and Community Services (ACS) on Thursday and was passed 3-0.

In 2004, amid the boom in single-family homes, councilors introduced and instructed developers to use funds from District 7, which were used to build new schools to accommodate the influx of new students.

“One of the reasons we implemented the moratorium last year is the number of students in the school district. Mostly [they] repaired. they are no longer on the rise since the early 2000s, ”said President William Krause. The increase in building permits also took the decision into consideration, he said, because the number of permits is much lower than about 20 years ago.

"I don't see any reason why we should keep paying this," Krause said.

"I agree," Councilor Jack Burns said. “We talked to the mayor this morning and he talked to the school superintendent who agreed with us.

President Elizabeth Grant said her biggest complaint with the fee is that Edwardsville simply doesn't want to pay it because Glen Carbon has stopped collecting it.

“One of the arguments [at the time] by the builders and real estate associations was that impact taxes would slow down building development. I personally never accepted that argument, "Krause said. Looking at the data, Edwardsville hasn't built triple-digit homes since 2005, he added.

“I think we have seen an average of 40-50 houses. in 2021 – 43; 2020 – 34; 2019-30; 2018 – 53; 2017 – 32, "announce the numbers from the sheet. He said the only thing the leverage proceeds ($ 1.1 million) were used for was the purchase of Kansas Street Presbyterian Church, which has since it was demolished and turned into a parking lot.

Last September the city imposed a temporary moratorium on fundraising, which will end on December 31st. This new decision, which will be discussed, abolishes toll collection from 31 December.

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon were the only Madison County municipalities to adopt and evaluate this levy. During the 13-month moratorium, city officials noted that the number of housing units introduced increased from 40 to 31 compared to last year. City officials believe that eliminating the tax once and for all could increase municipal revenue and stimulate new construction. As of September 30, the city had approved 19 permits for single-family homes and two multi-family homes, said public works director Eric Williams.

“At the moment I have six separate houses and a building that needs an inspection. It's something we can release in the next 30 days, ”Williams said.

On Tuesday, this decision comes to the city council.

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