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URGENT: SAY NO TO REDUCINGSCHOOL IMPACT FEES FOR DEVELOPERS

REDUCING IMPACT FEES FOR DEVELOPERS WILL HURT OUR SCHOOLS AND COST FAMILIES MORE The City wants to give developers a 50% discount on
the school impact fees that help fund school expansion to serve the needs of a growing community. 75% of the estimated impact cost. They propose slashing that to 50% of the actual impact fee.

The City currently charges developers and builders only

The result will be overcrowded schools, overloaded

infrastructure, and underserved children and families in Monroe. In the end, taxpayers will have to make up the difference!

DEVELOPERS MUST PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE! ACT NOW!


1. Call the Mayor and the City Council and tell them NOT to REDUCE SCHOOL IMPACT FEES. 2. Support the Monroe School Board and ask them to formally oppose reduction of school impact fees. Go to www.facebook.com/groups/MonroeCFRG to learn more Single-Family Detached
CURRENT
(25% Discount)

2+ BDRM Multi-Family $4804 $3172 $1632

$2976 $1984 $992

PROPOSED

(50% Discount)

LOST REVENUE
per Unit

Source: Monroe School District Capital Facilities Plan, 2012-2017

Frequently Asked Questions


How much will the reduction in mitigation fees cost the schools? A lot! Currently, mitigation fees are set at 75% of the estimated full impact, meaning developers pay 75 for every dollar of estimated impact to schools. For a single-family home, a developer pays $2976. If Monroe increases the discount to 50%, developers will only pay $1976 a loss of $992 in fees for every single-family home built. The impact would be even greater for multi-family units; a 50% discount would result in a loss of $1632 for every 2+ bedroom multi-family unit or duplex/townhome built! How would our schools would be affected by this discount? School impact fees are used for capital improvements: building and expanding school infrastructure to serve the families and children that will inhabit new homes and apartments. Further discounts mean less money to serve existing and future students, resulting in overcrowded schools and classrooms. Wouldnt reducing impact fees positively impact development and projected property tax revenue? We dont know. The City claims that reducing impact fees will make Monroe a more attractive place for developers. The City has not produced any projections that show reducing impact fees would be more favorable for taxpayers. What kind of impact would reducing impact fees have on Monroe schools and taxpayers? Reducing school impact fees will mean Monroe Public Schools has less money to build new schools and expand existing schools to serve the families of Monroe. In the end, taxpayers may be asked to make up the difference in the form of a bond. In the short-term, it will mean overcrowded classrooms and overloading our already strained infrastructure to serve more students with less money. What can I do to stop a reduction in impact fees? Get involved! Join the group of concerned citizens on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/MonroeCFRG. Send an email to the city council and the mayor. Tell your friends and family about the impact of this proposed reduction and ask them to sign up, too!

ACT NOW!
1. Call the Mayor and the City Council and tell them NOT to REDUCE SCHOOL IMPACT FEES. Mayor Robert G. Zimmerman 360-794-0839 rzimmerman@monroewa.gov Patsy Cudaback 425-268-8079 Ed Davis 360-805-2998 Jason Gamble 425-231-6111 Kurt Goering 360-863-8714 Kevin Hanford 425-345-3118 Jim Kamp 360-805-0843 Tom Williams 360-863-3180 councilmembers@ci.monroe.wa.us 2. Support the Monroe School Board and ask them to formally oppose reduction of school impact fees. 360-804-2500 schoolboard@monroe.wednet.edu