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Galt elementary school district board increases developer fees

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Fri Oct 26, 2012.

Over the next five years, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District estimated it will need room for an additional 106 new students due to new housing projections — and officials there are asking developers to foot the bill.

On Wednesday, school board trustees voted to levy an additional $3.10 fee on any new residential housing construction. The fee goes into effect immediately.

The Alternative Level 2 Fee may provide as much as 50 percent of the cost of future school construction and site costs.

The district has capacity for 3,775 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of October 2011, there were 3,855. Therefore, enrollment exceeds existing school capacity and new school facilities will be required for enrollments generated by new residential development, according to a consultant's report.

Based on a study of historical residential construction and the city of Galt's current development plan for new homes, approximately 250 new single-family homes are forecast to be constructed within the district over the next five years.

Government code allows school districts to levy three different fees on developers. A portion of Galt elementary's fees are shared with Galt Joint Union High School District.

Some are adjusted annually and others every other year, but not before a needs analysis is conducted by an outside consultant.

Revenue from fees collected on residential development may be used to pay for construction or reconstruction of school facilities; acquisition or leasing of land for school facilities; design of school facilities; and permit and plan checking fees, among other things.

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