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City looks to revise fee plan

Grass Valley needs more money to make required future road repairs and sewer and water plant improvements and it soon could get that from rate increases.

The Grass Valley City Council has hired Fehr and Peers for $75,000 to revise its traffic impact fee schedule. Fees went up last year after a lengthy and contentious process, with some close to the discussions saying the new fees still were too low and builders saying even those fees could dampen the local economy.

The council also has hired Bartle Wells Associates for $35,000 to update the sewer and water fees, which have been overlooked too long, city leaders said.



More than $19 million in capital improvements are required to maintain and improve the city’s deteriorating sewer and water distribution systems, according to a staff report from Public Works Director/City Engineer Tim Kiser.

The updated rate structures will give the city a way to keep pace with city expenses, Kiser said last week.




The city’s pending lawsuit with Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. also has hurt the city’s sewer budget. Legal fees already have totaled more than $1.3 million.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion .com or call 477-4234.


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