Vail mulls "impact fees" for fire department
VAIL, Colorado – A plan to create “impact fees” in Vail, Colorado would create $5.1 million for fire department improvements over the next 15 years.
The proposal will be considered at Tuesday’s Vail Town Council afternoon meeting.
A fee of $2,484 would be charged for each new single family home, according to the plan.
“This is one way for growth to pay its way in a community,” said Vail Fire Chief Mark Miller.
Vail is the only town in Eagle County that does not impose an impact fee for fire protection, Miller said.
The money could help pay for remodeling fire stations and buying and replacing new fire trucks. It could also go toward building the station planned in West Vail, although the funds may not be ready in time, Miller said.
“What impact fees really go toward is strictly growth-related projects,” Miller said.
Based on growth projections, Vail Resorts’ Ever Vail project may be on the hook to pay the most of any development over the next 15 years. The 408 proposed new homes there would account for about $1 million in fees.
Kristin Williams, a Vail Resorts spokeswoman, said the company has not yet reviewed the impact-fee plan.
“We completely support improving our fire services, but the town should ensure that new properties are not paying more than their individual or respective impacts,” Williams said.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or email@example.com.
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