Anyone who wants to build in Milford, whether they’re homeowners, developers or businesspeople, has another year to build with no impact fees or taxes.


Anyone who wants to build in Milford, whether they’re homeowners, developers or businesspeople, has another year to build with no impact fees or taxes.

The city council voted, 6-1, for a one-year extension on a total waiver of the fees the city usually charges for new construction in order to connect new buildings, or expansions of existing ones, to city water, sewer and electric systems.
The policy also includes a one-year tax break on the value of the new construction; the next tax bill on that land will be based on its value before work began.

very waiver costs the city thousands of dollars in lost revenue, but city officials say the policy has brought millions of dollars in construction — along with employment long-term tax revenue — into Milford.

"There was one councilman opposed to it, but the rest of us felt like it had helped, and we hope that it will continue to help,” Mayor Ronnie Rogers said.

The one “no” vote came from new council member Dirk Gleysteen, whose arguments against the policy have focused on residential construction.

“The change in impact fees comes to something like two cents on the dollar,” he said at an earlier meeting. “With the way the housing market is now, that’s not going to change anybody’s decision to build a new house instead of buying an existing one.”