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Tuolumne Supes Could Increase Growth Impact Fees

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday could approve increasing fees that the county charges for the costs of new development. The Growth Impact in Government Expenditures and Revenues (GIGER) fees help pay for things like fire protection, law enforcement, and recreation.

Supervisor Paolo Maffei says “These are real costs that are either going to be paid by the new construction or they´re going to be paid by you and me…the best way is to apply it to new construction.”

Under the proposal, the fee charged for a new home that is served by the county´s fire department would increase from $1,723.81 to $2503. In areas not served by the county fire department, the fees would not go up nearly as much. In those areas, the fee would increase from $1462.60 to $1635.25 per dwelling.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the County Administration Building in Downtown Sonora.