The Hall County Library System Board of Trustees is pushing for Gainesville and Oakwood to begin collecting impact fees from new development and construction to support local libraries.
“We use the money to purchase library materials,” said library system Director Adrian Mixson.
Hall County and Flowery Branch are the only local governments to collect these impact fees for the library, Mixson said.
Gainesville does collect impact fees for public safety and recreational services as additional needs result from new growth. For the 2014 fiscal year, which ended last June, Gainesville collected more than $935,000 in impact fees.
Before the economic recession, however, Gainesville had also collected the fees for the library system.
“It is my understanding we used to have an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County to collect these fees for the library,” Gainesville spokeswoman Catiel Felts said. “The county opted not to sign the contract when it ended a few years ago.”
City Manager Kip Padgett said he would consider collecting such fees once again if Hall County approves an intergovernmental agreement.
Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said the county and city have discussed the issue and “will be having further discussions about renewing this agreement in the coming weeks.”
It is unclear if Oakwood will participate.
“Since this is the first we’ve heard of this, along with the fact that Oakwood does not currently collect impact fees, we have no comment at this time,” said City Manager Stan Brown.
According to Hall County code, “when a land development activity for which an application for a building permit has been made includes two or more buildings, structures or other land uses in any combination, including two or more uses within a building or structure, the total development impact fee shall be the sum of the fees for each and every building, structure or use, including each and every use within a building or structure.”