Town's policy helps schools recoup some permit fees

2013-12-15T19:07:00Z 2013-12-15T21:51:07Z Town's policy helps schools recoup some permit feesMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 15, 2013 7:07 pm  • 

CEDAR LAKE | A new town policy on permit fee waivers has put some welcome cash into the Hanover School Corp. coffers, school officials said.

The district paid the customary town permit fees when building a new fence at the middle school and installing new bleachers at the high school athletic field. Under the new formula, the town returned 10 percent of those monies, or $6,123, to Hanover, Superintendent Thomas Taylor said at this month's School Board meeting.

Last spring, the Cedar Lake Town Council denied a request to waive any of the permit fees associated with a Hanover building project. The denial came after some officials pointed out Cedar Lake has three school districts and that other waiver requests have been denied in the past.

The discussion continued the following month, with most council members favoring waiving fees for schools and perhaps other taxing bodies. Much of the discussion centered on how much of the fee should be waived. Council members also felt the town should make sure its costs would be covered when a fee waiver was considered.

Town Attorney David Austgen said permit fee waivers were a matter of policy, not law, and that waiving or not waiving a fee was completely within the council’s discretion.

The council subsequently agreed to establish a policy to allow such waivers, and monies were returned to the district, calculated on a new formula in the policy.

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