LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: New development is paying its fair share, and then some


I am not sure what “development costs” taxpayers are now going to fund that Scott Baker was referring to in his April 3 letter appearing in the McKinleyville Press, or what the headline of “Supervisors to Lower Developer Fees” meant. The Supervisors have not voted to reduce or eliminate any developer costs.

I know in McKinleyville new development pays the entire costs of building the roads serving the projects. The owners of the lots/homes then pay annual fees to fund future maintenance of the roads. Existing homeowners don’t pay these fees.

New development pays the entire cost of constructing and maintaining landscaping and trails that serve everyone in the community.

A new homeowner pays on average $500 per year to maintain roads, drainage, landscaping and trails. Residents living in older homes don’t pay these annual costs.

All drainage piping and basins are paid by new development. All maintenance is paid by the individual lot owners in addition a drainage fee of $250 per lot is paid to the County on lot creation and then another $30 on average on permit issuance  for a total of $280 to fix existing community drainage issues.

A Park in Lieu fee of $767 is paid to the County and MCSD on lot creation to pay for community recreation and then an annual fee of $30 per year is included in the property tax bill to fund maintenance of community facilities.

Building permits fees have doubled since 2006 to average $5,600 for the homes I build. The permit includes a General Plan user fee that averages $1,000 per house on permit issuance. A $1,200 School fee put in place 1992 to build new classrooms for kids that development was going to provide. Instead schools have had declining enrollment and the money is used for building maintenance.

New homes pay property assessments for Elementary, High School and College of the Redwoods just like existing property owners.

Water and sewer hookup fees now cost more than $8,000 per house to help pay for sewer and water improvements required because of state regulation changes.

New homes pay property tax on higher assessed value then existing homeowners for the regular portion of the tax bill meant to fund Schools, Police etc.  They pay higher on the School Assessments, Fire Departments, and Parks charges.  The occupants of new homes pay gas tax on all their fuel purchases to fund roads.

If you don’t have new development, existing facilities will still need to be replaced because of new regulation.  They decline because of age, and require repair or replacement. New development improves the economy of scale on many things, and is paying its fair share as shown above.

Jim Furtado



Thank you for 

helping Humboldt Literacy Project

Dear Editor,

The Humboldt Literacy Project would like to thank all the local trivia-heads, sponsors, volunteers, players, donors, attendees, supporters, friends and curious onlookers who made the 8th Annual Great Humboldt Trivia Challenge on April 7th at Cher-Ae Heights Casino such a smashing success.

Over 180 people attended this event. And, together, we raised more than $7,000 to support adult literacy in our community.

Heartfelt thanks to our generous sponsors: Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Lost Coast Communications, KIEM Channel 3, Coast Central Credit Union, Carson Park Design, Scrapper’s Edge, The Costume Box and the Times-Standard.

And congratulations to the 2013 Great Humboldt Trivia Championship team, We Didn’t Write the Questions, which won a closely fought battle against Trinacria in a sudden-death overtime round to capture the gold.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 9th Annual Great Humboldt Trivia Challenge in April 6, 2014.

Thanks for reading!

Emma Breacain

Executive Director

Vincent Peloso

Board President, 

Humboldt Literacy Project



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