HILLSBOROUGH -- Orange County officials and residents weighed in with questions and opinions Monday about a report that could impact county fees charged to home builders in the local school districts.
The report, prepared by Tischler and Associates Inc., a Bethesda, Md., consulting agency, recommends that the county charge higher public school impact fees for construction of single-family homes than for construction of other residential dwellings.
The report also details maximum legally permissible impact fees.
The one-time fees, which are paid by anyone building housing in Orange County, are calculated by comparing new school capital infrastructure needs in the county's two school districts to the number of students generated per household. Capital needs include new land, buildings, vehicles and classroom costs.
The report indicates that single-family homes generate higher numbers of students than other types of housing.
"The maximum supportable fees are not the recommended fees," said Craig Benedict, director of the Orange County Planning Department. "There is no recommendation at this time."
If the maximum public school impact fees are adopted, fees for construction of single-family homes will jump from $750 to $5,375 for Orange County Schools and from $3,000 to $7,374 for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
The Board of Commissioners likely will adopt new impact fees after a courtesy review by the planning board and according to the requests of the school districts, Benedict said.