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Atherton: Refunds look unlikely for town's road-impact fee

Original post made on Aug 5, 2009

Atherton has had a problem with some of its construction-related fees in recent years. Amid threats of litigation, the off-haul fee was dropped and a business license tax targeting subcontractors was re-worked. In both cases, the town issued refunds.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 5, 2009, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by disgusted, a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 5, 2009 at 8:43 am

My ears are still ringing from hearing Carol Flaherty wail and moan about the fees she has to pay.

It is people like her crying all the way to the bank that give developers a bad name.


Posted by Confused, a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:08 am

I'm confused by this story. How much of a reduction was the consultant recommending? Duncan Jones's method of calculating sounds reasonable, and Atherton's got an attorney advising about the legality of the fee (it's legal, and most if not all towns have a road-impact fee). Why was a consultant hired to do this study? Sounds like a waste. And developers who whine about having to pay a fee for damaging residential streets are hard to stomach.


Posted by Lilly, a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm

the council always hires "consultants" because they are afaid to stand up to the develpers themseves-- Too scary--the problem with this ingenios display of leadership is that all-- and I do mean all- of the consultants have both long established ties and the future insentive to accomadate the developement community who are Very clear about what they want--the consultants will cash our check, and turn in some words but it's alaways going to be whatever the developers wanted to begin with and the coucil off the hook. Look at the artifact ordinace---the drainage study---the zoning ord--the housing element--the biz lisc tax..........
Could we at least not hire anymore consultants who have three initials for their name???
No more CSGs oe BKFs or PMGs.....this might help
Also-how about hiring a city planer who actually works for Just the town instead of an outside consultant with another boss somewhere else in the county ?


Posted by mad as hell, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I have also witnessed Ms. Flaherty's fire and brimstone speaches. I felt sick to my stomach at the sight of yet another greedy developer wanting something for nothing.


Posted by Ed, a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 7, 2009 at 11:38 am

Thankyou to Public Works for being the only ones to stand up to the residential developement cartel since the previous finance director was framed and crushed--could this explain the recent attempt to eliminate Troy Henderson???--Maybe he also tried to being brave--anyway-- if there is any sudden scandel that comes up here invoving Director Jones maybe the City manager or even the Almanac might be able to connect the dots................