District hikes building fees

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The district’s fee study projects that 1,250 homes will be built in the next five years, adding 725 students to the 3,400-student district. The state has set $2.63 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction, but districts can charge more if they meet certain conditions. The Southern Kern district in Kern County is among six Antelope Valley districts now charging higher LevelII fees. In the L.A. County portion of the Antelope Valley, the developer fee is split among the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the individual elementary school districts. The money pays for portable classrooms and restrooms, consultants, infrastructure and architects whose plans are used when portables are moved or are brought into the district. ROSAMOND – Projecting that 1,250 homes will be built in the next five years, the Southern Kern Unified School District has raised by more than 22percent developer fees that help pay for portable classrooms and other school facilities. Levied to help accommodate students who move into new housing tracts, the developer fees were raised to $4.15 per square foot of floor space, up from $3.39. That amounts to $8,300 for an average-size new house of 2,000 square feet. The board unanimously approved the increase in developer fees at Wednesday’s meeting. No developers attended. “They just take it as a matter of doing business,” said Charlene Melchers, the district’s chief business officer. last_img read more