Impact Fees Make Sense
Bluffdale recently approved assessing impact fees on new homes to defray the costs of building new schools. I'm glad that the city of Bluffdale isn't afraid to make people pay for the facilities when they cause a need for it, and it would be nice not only if other cities adopted such policies but if they were extended further.
Roads and rails are a substantial one-time cost. So are parks. And sewer lines. And a spate of other services that are provided by the city. Las Vegas, the poster child for high-growth areas, put off impact fees for a very long time and never ended up adopting them. This meant they had to substantially raise taxes and issue many bonds to cope with the increased needs for transit, schools, and public safety. Citizens who were nowhere near the new development were shouldering most of the costs of growth, a serious lack of parity in taxation.
Other cities, take note: the people who need to pay for this stuff are the ones causing the cost. Get on board the impact fees train now to more fairly distribute the burden.