Sammamish likely to adjust school impact fees
October 19, 2013
New: Oct. 19, 11:17 a.m.
In an annual exercise, the Sammamish City Council is likely to change the impact fees developers pay for schools.
The fees are charged to builders of new houses to help offset the costs incurred by school districts, since new houses often means new students in schools.
Each of the city’s three school districts – the Aldarra/Montaine area is in the Snoqualmie Valley School District – sets its own impact-fee levels, based on its demographic projections and its expected costs to accommodate the new students. Sammamish simply collects the fees from the builders and passes them along to the schools.
For the Issaquah School District, the fee for a single-family house is going up from $3,738 per home to $5,730. The fee for multi-family dwellings is going from zero to $1,097 per unit (a 20-unit apartment building would need to pay the fee 20 times).
For the Lake Washington School District, the single-family fee is being lowered from $7,005 to $6,302, and multi-family fees will rise from $197 to $207.
For the Snoqualmie Valley School District, the single-family fee is being lowered from $8,668.48 to $8,011.11, and multi-family fees are being raised from $3,220.38 to $3,366.16.
The council is scheduled to take a vote on the fee schedules at its Nov. 5 meeting.