Vote on San Diego Fee Deferral Extension Deferred Due to City Attorney Memo
Was was expected to be a routine extension of the City of San Diego’s fee deferral program hit a snag at the Land Use and Housing Committee when a City Attorney opinion questioned the way the city collects fees for new development. The city splits the collection process between traditional development impact fees (DIFs) and Facilities Benefit Assessments (FBAs). Currently, DIFs are fees paid by project applicants for impacts associated with their development for things such as traffic, sewer, water, and parks. They are subject to the state’s mitigation fee act to ensure the amounts charged are fair. FBAs are liens recorded against each property within an established benefit area to pay for a host of public projects such as fire stations and libraries but have not been subjected to mitigation fee act review. The City Attorney memo suggests that the FBAs should follow mitigation fee act requirements or be subject to Prop 218 restrictions which call for a public vote on tax increases.
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