The Florence Town Council met on Monday and Tuesday night this week to discuss two important topics, which included development impact fees, as well as sanitation and recycling services.
On Monday, February 11th, the Town Council discussed changes to the development impact fees. The Town is studying the fees and is proposing a decrease in the amount of impact fees charged for the construction of new buildings in Florence. The Town currently charges $10,884 in impact fees for the construction of single family residential buildings, with exceptions for the Anthem and Florence Gardens areas. The new impact fee being considered by the Town Council is $9,363, which is a $1,521 or 14% reduction in these fees. Public hearings on the impact fees will be held in the upcoming months. The tentative timeline for the implementation of the new fees is December, 2013.
On Tuesday, February 12th, the Town Council discussed its options regarding the delivery of sanitation services for the Town of Florence. Five options were presented to the Town Council by staff that included the delivery of sanitation and/or recycling services by the Town and/or the private sector.
The Town Council directed staff to bring a contract before the Town Council at the Monday, March 4th council meeting that includes a public private partnership relationship with the Town and a private sector company, Right Away Disposal. The proposal includes the collection of trash and recyclables for the community at a rate of approximately $17 per month, the Town retains the billing responsibilities, bulk trash is collected for the community on the same day every month, residents have ability to take trash to a local landfill or transfer station (to be determined) at no cost to the residents, and existing services, such as the holiday tree program and the annual community clean-up day are continued. The proposed rate of $17 per month is 41% lower than the existing fee charged to residents, which is $28.98.
For questions regarding these work sessions or other inquiries related to Town of Town Council activities, please contact Jess Knudson, Public Information Officer, at (520) 868-7541 or by email.