Reducing impact fees – will it spur Payson growth?

Payson’s C.C. Cragin project used years of impact fees to study, develop and build. Although the Payson council is looking at reducing the water development impact fee, it’s not gone yet.
/Photo courtesy of Tanner Henry

By Michele Nelson | Payson Roundup  

Love ’em.

Or hate ’em.

Either way — they’re just about gone.

Once upon a time, Payson figured newcomers should buy into the town’s infrastructure, so developers and new businesses paid thousands in impact fees for parks, police, water, roads — you name it.

It could run a new business $50,000 or more to hook up to town water and the Northern Gila County Sanitary District.

Payson’s biggest impact fee, water, was intended to help pay for the C.C. Cragin pipeline.

But that was then — when Payson’s wells were dropping and the town was approving 200 new homes every year. Impact fees piled on then. 

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