As reported in the Frederick News-Post, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner on Thursday proposed increasing two fees assessed on developers to help address rising school construction costs.
The article describes,
A mitigation fee would be levied if developers build in areas with already overcrowded schools. In some cases, this fee would rise nearly 70 percent under Gardner’s proposal. The other increase, for a general impact fee, is proposed at up to 12 percent.
Developers that want to construct near overcrowded schools must pass a capacity test. If they fail — meaning the school is already too crowded to proceed with construction — they can pay a mitigation fee instead.
Rising school construction costs are a concerns to county government officials across Maryland, and school construction is a MACo Legislative Initiative for the 2016 General Assembly Session.