Don't underestimate local government's creative "feeing"

The Capital, a local Annapolis MD area newspaper, is reporting today that the County Council is set to debate a new fee on homeowners.  I love it that we no longer increase taxes, which has a very negative connotation, but we increase fees instead.  

This one is designed to charge an "impact fee" when a county resident puts an addition on their house.  Normally, impact fees have been charged to new construction to help mitigate the cost of providing county services like schools, police/fire, etc.  Now it seems like the county wants to discuss whether the impact fees should be charged to homeowners putting an addition on their house.

If it passes, Anne Arundel County homeowners who want to add an addition on their house would be charged an impact fee.  You want a new room to plug in that new HDTV, plan on coughing up quite a bit to the county for the privilege.  

It's a stretch to think that a family room addition to a house has an "impact" on the services provided by the county.

Hopefully, the County Council will see that it's not in the best interests of the homeowner of the County to start adding inappropriate impact fees just to increase county coffers.

Increase the fees to builders of new construction where there is actually an impact on county provided services, fine.  Ours new construction impact fees are some of the lowest in the State but charging an "impact fee" for a room addition in a home...just plain wrong.



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 Richard Iarossi is a full time licensed REALTOR®, working in Crofton, MD. My coverage areas are: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Queen Anne, and Baltimore City and County. I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Use the registration free search on my website at If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®...I can help. Call me at 443-995-9595 (Cell) or 410-451-6255 (Office).

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Comment balloon 1 commentRichard Iarossi • August 31 2008 08:27AM


Richard, I can understand the impact fees for new construction, as they would have quite an impact on the community depending on what they are building. But an impact fee on addition to your home, that's just a bit much in my humble opionion.

Posted by Janice MacMillan, Associate Broker (ERA Joyner Realty) almost 11 years ago

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