Grand Junction City Council delays transportation fee increase again

Grand Junction City Council members will delay increasing a transportation impact fee for a second year.

The city asks commercial and industrial developers to pay Transportation Capacity Payments to help pay for traffic impacts brought on by new businesses. Amidst booming development in December 2007, the city decided to hold off on increasing TCP fees in 2008. The city did not increase fees in 2009, either, but City Manager Laurie Kadrich recently discovered the 2007 measure included a time-line that forced council members to discuss the fees before the end of this year.

Council members voted 4-2 to delay any discussion of increasing fees until 2010. The 2010 city budget has already been adopted without a fee increase included. Council members Bonnie Beckstein, Teresa Coons, Tom Kenyon and Mayor Bruce Hill voted to delay the discussion.

“Jan. 1 (2009), that was no time for a rate increase,” Hill said. “I’m not sure Jan. 1, 2010, is the time for a rate increase either.”

Councilmen Greg Palmer and Bill Pitts voted against the measure. Councilwoman Linda Todd did not attend Monday’s council meeting.

Before offering his nay vote, Palmer said he’s not a fan of TCP fees because he does not believe they accomplish the goal of covering traffic impact costs to the city and developers may pass along fee costs to business customers.

Council members also approved a $505,296 contract with Johnson Controls Inc. Monday night. Johnson will complete an energy performance project at the Persigo Wastewater plant. The project will include replacing 514 light fixtures, 25 streetlights, heaters, a hot water boiler and restroom fixtures. After 15 years of energy savings and a $37,000 rebate from Xcel Energy, Persigo leaders expect the net project cost to shrink to $786.


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