Fees are right choice

Record Editorial

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 2:41am
  • Opinion

The North Bend City Council, by a 3-2 vote, elected to adopt fire impact fees. For that, they should be applauded.

Time and time again the complaint I hear most is that new developers don’t pay their fair share of infrastructure upgrades, necessitated by the new development. Council member Karen Tavenner was correct to allude to the recent school bond failure as a result of many feeling new development has not contributed enough toward infrastructure.

The need will still be there and if some of that burden can be put back on developers and new home buyers in our community, then the right thing to do is raise impact fees.

Let’s face it, people are going to move here regardless of a small increase in their home prices due to impact fees. People are clamoring to move here now and raising the price of a home a few thousand dollars to offset infrastructure costs is a good idea.

I also believe that economic development will follow and the minimal costs to businesses opening will not hinder economic growth. We really need to see a level playing field with regard to economic growth. Once the water spigot is turned on, I believe more businesses will want to locate here.

Congratulations to the majority of the council who felt the need to fund infrastructure on the back of new development.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Opinion

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Should the King County sheriff be elected or appointed? | Roegner

In addition to candidate races this November, there will be policy questions… Continue reading

A large webset offset printing press running a long roll off paper over its rollers at high speed. File photo
Editorial: Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers.

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
Age of insanity for the left and the right

Do you feel that, like the COVID-19 pandemic, insane behavior is spreading… Continue reading

Don Brunell
Coronavirus comeback for Alaska Airlines?

It is no secret that airlines were clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic.… Continue reading

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Editorial: Reopen schools in fall, but do it safely

Don’t bully schools into reopening. Protect our students.

Ranked choice voting would strengthen our democracy

Although our beloved democracy is facing many challenges (voter suppression and attacks… Continue reading

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Editorial: Stopping COVID is now up to each of us

With a resurgence threatening, we need to take greater responsibility to keep the virus in check.

Why this newspaper is capitalizing Black | Editorial

Moving forward, the Snoqualmie Valley Record will capitalize Black when referring to… Continue reading

Doreen Davis, left in mask, waves at parade participants on May 2. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Wear your face-hugging, ever-loving mask | Editorial

“Don’t make me come down there.” — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo,… Continue reading

Bob Roegner
Democrats have the edge in WA’s 2020 elections

Last year, most political insiders thought 2020 would be a big Democratic… Continue reading

Superintendent Robert Manahan
We must stand up for justice, equality and respect | Guest column

Dear Snoqualmie Valley students, staff and families, It’s hard to put into… Continue reading