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Galt City Council to look at developer fees

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 am

Galt’s developer fees for retail buildings rank among the highest in a comparison of regional cities, according to a report performed by the San Joaquin Partnership.

The report will be discussed at today’s regular Galt City Council meeting.

The survey looked at 21 jurisdictions in the greater San Joaquin-Sacramento areas, including neighboring Elk Grove. Other cities included: Lodi, Manteca, Stockton, Ripon, Lathrop and Tracy; Livermore and Pleasanton in Alameda County; Fairfield and Vacaville in Solano County; West Sacramento and Woodland in Yolo County; and Ceres, Modesto, Patterson, Turlock and incorporated areas of Stanislaus County.

Comparatively, Galt was the fifth-highest for retail developer fees, the amount of money a builder pays the city.

This is likely due to a Sacramento County regional traffic fee and a similar one charged at the local level, according to city staff.

Ctiy council members are expected to discuss temporarily reducing this fee under a separate agenda item tonight.

The city’s industrial warehouse fees, however, are the lowest of all the cities in the study.

However, Community Development Director Sandy Kiriu pointed out in her written report to council members that Galt is at a competitive disadvantage, as it is not located along a major interstate or rail and water shipping ports.

The San Joaquin Partnership, a nonprofit, public-private economic development corporation that assists businesses and industry locating in San Joaquin County, performed the study in 2012.

The Galt City Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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