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Spanish Fork Council tables raise in impact fees

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Builders and new-home buyers can breathe a sigh of relief - impact fees won't be going up here anytime soon.

The City Council tabled a staff proposal to raise the fees that builders pay on new homes pending further study. Mayor Dale Barney recommended the City Council postpone raising the fees at the beginning of Tuesday's hearing and the council agreed. The proposal was to bump them 12.5 percent.Fee amounts are determined after a consultant studies them and makes a recommendation to the city based on state law. "This has got to be right," said Councilman Clyde Swenson of the complicated formula. "We're rushing it."

City Manager Dave Oyler suggested the council take another look at the fees next October. Impact fees on a single-family home now total $4,353, but the city had proposed raising them to a total of $4,901.