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By Letter To The Editor
Thursday, November 11, 2004; Page LZ02

All for Impact Fees

I would like to start the debate about whether to request that the Virginia General Assembly enable jurisdictions in the commonwealth to ask for impact fees for new houses.

Clearly, in an "intelligent" growth scenario, it would make perfect sense to offset the cost of the capital costs that come along with growth (i.e., schools, public safety centers, libraries, roads/transportation) but not to increase the density that can be built under the latest Comprehensive Plan.

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From what I hear from my neighbors, recent and longtime residents, they are finding that keeping up with higher assessments means higher taxes, even though the tax rate has not risen as quickly as the assessments have. When is enough enough? And why not ask those buying new houses to put forward a good faith effort to become a part of the community?

I know this may be an oversimplification of a serious situation to the farming community and those longtime residents who have been the stewards of Loudoun County and made it attractive.

So, to the local elected Board of Supervisors, state delegates and state senators, I ask the question, "Why not impact fees?"

Christopher Hatch


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