Tracker: Home fees may help Eagle Co. libraries, fire district |

Tracker: Home fees may help Eagle Co. libraries, fire district

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

Who they talked to: Community Development Director Keith Montag

What they talked about: The library district and the upvalley fire department want to make improvements and expansions with the help of additional fees that would be charged to new homes.

The “impact fees” are charged only to new developments by the towns, county and special districts to help pay for the improvements and additional costs that come with community growth, said Montag.

For example, water connection fees and school fees are included in “impact fees.”

The library district fee would be about $700 per home to pay for expansion and new materials for the libraries, especially the Avon Public Library, said Montag.

The fire district fee would be about $1,600 per home and would be charged to new developments upvalley. The money would pay for new fire trucks, new equipment and new stations.

What’s next? The districts will meet with the commissioners to make their case, and the commissioners will consider the increases in the next few weeks.

Who they talked to: County Construction Manager Rick Ullom

What they talked about: An estimated $22 million is needed for airport expansion and improvement, including extending the runways and expanding Cooley Mesa Road.

The money is coming from Eagle County, a Colorado Department of Transportation grant, and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant. However, Congress has not approved the money for the FAA grant, meaning that unless the money is approved, Eagle County will not have the funds to start the airport project.

What’s next: The county hopes to start construction on Cooley Mesa Road in March. The bids for the project have gone out, but the money is not available as of right now, said County Manager Bruce Baumgartner.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or

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