New impact fee coordinator would work with county, school impact fees

MANATEE -- Manatee County is looking to hire an impact fee coordinator to handle the increased workload if impact fees are reinstated and levied on the large number of houses under construction.

The day Bethesda, Md.-based TischlerBise, consultants hired by the Manatee County School District and Manatee County Commission to conduct an impact fee study, presented its recommendations, the county posted the impact fee coordinator position with a Nov. 9 application deadline.

The coordinator would administer county and school district impact fees, according to the job posting.

The county commission and school board are now reviewing the consultant recommendations. The county will consider the updated impact fee schedule at its Dec. 3 meeting.

Manatee County had two impact fee coordinators until the housing bust when there was a drop in the applications for impact fee credits and development review related to impact fees. At that point, one position was eliminated, according to Dan Schlandt, deputy county administrator.

"Now, they've increased substantially," he said. "We need that ability to be able to do them in a timely manner."

The coordinator salary range is advertised at $46,425 to $71,968. One TischlerBise recommendation was for the county commission to reinstate the administrative fee to fund the coordinator's salary, Schlandt said.

Sharla Fouquet, county impact fee program manager, said two people worked on the county impact fee program up until five years ago.

"When the economy hit the skids, with downsizing, we got reduced to one," she said.

Fouquet, who works mostly on the collection side of impact fees, said there is more activity now with the economic recovery.

"For a period of time, it was manageable," she said. "It's getting a little out of hand now."

The new impact fee coordinator would be involved in calculating, assessing and monitoring fees on permits, Fouquet said, and help with impact fee credits.

Job duties also include:

Commercial permit activity review and determining what impact fees should be paid by new commercial construction

Assisting in periodic evaluation, revision and implementation of impact fee schedules

Preparing periodic reports of impact fees and impact fee credit activity

Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.