Posted: Dec 10, 2012 10:45 PM by KBZK MEDIA CENTER
Bozeman City Commissioners tackle the complicated issue of impact fees, voting unanimously to move ahead on cutting some fees anywhere from 30 to 60 percent, while several others could go up.
Public comment from some builders and the Southwest Montana Builders Association talked about high fees that chase away money and development.
One man told commissioners people can go elsewhere, including crossing city lines into the county to save money.
Because of the different kinds of fees, and whether they're residential, retail, or restaurants, commissioners want more discussion in January.
That additional talk will include the date fees would go into effect.
One person on the impact fee advisory committee, David Graham told the commission he thinks fees are fair, but the future should not to be paid for with 100 percent impact fee money.
Graham says Bozeman fees are much higher than comparable size cities, about double Missoula and Billings.