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Wico County Council Votes to Repeal Impact Fees Tuesday

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New home construction in West Nithsdale in Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC) New home construction in West Nithsdale in Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The Wicomico County Council will be voting on Tuesday on whether to repeal the county's impact fees on residential construction.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver proposed doing away with the impact fees when he was first elected.  The fees were put under a moratorium for 2016, but that moratorium ends on December, 31st.  So with that deadline approaching, the county council will decide whether to repeal the impact fees completely at Tuesday's county council meeting.

Joe Wilson is on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Association of Realtors and believes repealing the fees would lead to an increase of home construction in the county.

"Absolutely.  We've been having a tough time competing with Delaware.  They're regulatory environment is a lot more builder friendly, so the less regulation that we have, the better off we're going to be," Wilson said.

The fees have a variety of purposes in Wicomico County including covering the costs of capital improvement and helping to pay for public services for new homes and neighborhoods.  However, the impact fee is more than $5,000 for a single family home.  County Executive Bob Culver believes repealing the fee is the right thing to do to make Wicomico County more affordable to potential home buyers.  Making the moratorium on the fees a permanent repeal is something Joe Wilson believes will continue a positive trend in the county.

"To be honest with you, before that housing moratorium, we had next to no new housing starts in Wicomico County," Wilson said.

The county council meeting begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning in the council chambers of the downtown Salisbury government office building.

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