Dawson County could see a drastic decline in development over the coming years after the board of commissioners voted 3-1 last week to reinstate impact fees at the maximum possible rate.
Impact fees are one-time fees collected on new developments during the building permit process that are intended to help offset the costs of capital improvements and services. The services that will benefit from the fees include libraries, parks and recreation, roads and public safety.
All of the service categories will receive money from the fees collected on residential developments, but only roads and public safety will see fees from commercial buildings as well.
To help determine what fees the county could potentially charge, the board hired Bill Ross of Ross & Associates back in June 2017 to update the county’s fee schedule, which was suspended in 2009.