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ST. GEORGE DOUBLES BUILDING IMPACT FEES

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City officials have doubled residential impact fees for people building homes in this burgeoning southern Utah city.

The council on Thursday increased fees for water, sewer, parks and recreation, streets and electrical services, and added three other fees for police, fire and drainage.The upshot is that impact fees for new construction jumped from $2,750 to $5,850.

They will be passed on to homebuyers, and not everybody is happy with the action.

"The price of every home just went up about $3,000," said Leo Sullivan from S&S Construction. "I`m not certain at all it was necessary at this point."

City officials and other longtime Utah Dixie residents disagree. They point out the city is issuing an average of 100 building permits a month and that permit applications have jumped 76 percent in the past year.

Since the mid-1940s, St. George has issued 16,000 building permits - with fully 10 percent of that number issued in the past two years.