Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/23/2011 06:38:05 PM PST

RIALTO – The city of Rialto will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to raise development impact fees for general civic facilities, such as police, fire, park, storm drain and water and sewer facilities.

Increases could be approved at the conclusion of the public hearing.

Robb Steel, assistant to the city administrator and development services director, said that in the area only Colton has lower impact fees.

Many of those fees have not been updated since 1998.

If all the proposed fees are approved, Rialto will be in the middle of pack when compared to other area cities, he said.

Development impact fees are imposed by local government agencies for the purpose of defraying all or a portion of the cost of public facilities needed to serve development projects.

A development impact fee is not a tax, a special assessment or a rate increase on existing services.

“As the city grows and developers build for homes and businesses, the demand for city services increase,” Steel said.

“We are trying to get development to pay those incremental costs … they need to pay for the proportional cost of demand (for city services),” Steel said.

In the arena of single family homes, the proposal calls for a 43 percent increase in the total impact fees from $18,184 to $26,044, according to city documents.

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