District delays vote on fee hike

first_imgAt a board meeting last week, trustees postponed their decision until March to further discuss the report. The board last fall approved spending up to $2,500 for the consultant to do the study, which would allow the district to increase the levy charged to home-builders from $1.65per square foot to $2.63per square foot, the standard rate set by the state. Hiking developer fees on the few homes built in the district would be one of the initial steps that would need to be taken before the district could pursue a bond or apply for state hardship funding to help pay for school construction projects. District officials have said they need to come up with more than $678,000 in matching funds for a proposed $1.6million modernization of Boron High School. Under a 60-40 match scheme, the state’s share of the cost is $1.01million, and the district’s match is $678,462. Trustees have discussed within the past year the possibility of pursuing a $6million bond measure to build and improve school facilities, but they have taken no action. The district receives about $2,000 a year in developer fee revenue, district officials said. The Boron project has encountered previous hurdles. The district in 2005 challenged a decision by the state to cancel the project because state officials said the district was tardy in sending project plans back to the state. The district last year was given another chance to apply for the state aid and was approved. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH EDWARDS – Questions raised about the accuracy of a consultant’s study that justified increased developer fees for schools prompted the board of the Muroc Joint Unified School District to table a decision on the hike. The study indicated that the rate of construction in the district, which covers the communities of Boron, North Edwards and Edwards Air Force Base, is 10buildings a year, or 50buildings in the past five years. “It’s a pretty small town. Most years that wouldn’t be the case,” board President Chuck James said. “We wanted to make sure the report was accurate.” last_img

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