County to update public on traffic tax March 22
San Diego County Department of Public Works will hold a Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) update meeting in Ramona at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.
The meeting, open to the public, will be in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.
County DPW employees and project consultants will discuss various TIF program options that will be presented to the county supervisors for consideration at a hearing tentatively scheduled for late March.
The meeting in Ramona is for the county’s east TIF region. On March 7, DPW staff conducted a north TIF region external stakeholders meeting in Bonsall.
TIF has often been criticized for preventing new developments or new businesses from opening because of costly fees.
The TIF program went into effect in June 2005 to provide money to build roads needed to support traffic generated by new development to meet state law requirements, according to the county website.
DPW collects the fee at or before a building permit is issued for projects that generate traffic. Such projects include residential, commercial, industrial, storage, offices, and schools.
In Ramona, a single-family detached residential unit has a TIF rate of $8,984, while an office would be charged $9,910 per 1,000 square feet. Schools and government offices have a TIF rate of $5,663 per 1,000 square feet of space.
Fees collected in a local planning area stay in that planning area, according to the county. More information about TIF is available at www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/land/rtelocs.html.
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