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Wico. County Exec. Announces Plan to Eliminate Impact Fee for New Homes

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SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has announced a plan to have County Council permanently repeal an impact fee that adds to the cost of new homes.

This follows an announcement by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan over the weekend that his administration would be lifting the requirement that state-mandated Best Available Technology (BAT) septic systems be installed on any new construction or replacement septic system, everywhere except inside environmentally sensitive critical areas.

Critics of the BAT Requirement, which was implemented in 2012, have argued that the newer septic systems add an additional $11,000 to $14,000 to the cost of a new home and have not been proven to have additional environmental benefits.

“We are fortunate to have a Governor who listens to the people of Maryland, and understands how government can sometimes stand in the way of an economic recovery," Culver said in a press release Monday. "The onerous septic system rules put in place by the previous administration have had a negative effect on Wicomico County."

Wicomico County's impact fee is another cost that adds to the price of a new home. When Culver was first elected, he proposed waiving the fees for new home construction, and County Council agreed to place a moratorium on the fee through 2016. 

Now Culver says he will send a resolution to County Council this week permanently repealing the impact fee, which he says will further stimulate the local economy with new housing construction.

"Let’s build on this momentum from the state and send a strong message to home buyers that Wicomico County welcomes you," Culver said. "We want to make it more affordable, not less."

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