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Galt elementary school district may raise developer fees

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 am

Since it currently has slightly more students than it has room for, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District may increase the fees charged to developers building new houses.

These developer fees are anticipated to help pay for infrastructure needed to make room for additional students living in the new housing developments. The proposed 7-cent increase per square foot, from $3.10 to $3.17, is on tonight’s school board agenda.

A consultant estimates that about 618,000 total square feet of housing will be built within the next few years, increasing the district’s development fee revenue to $42,260.

However, a new developer has recently made public plans to build 2,000 new homes east of Liberty Ranch High School, which would generate even more revenue.

The developer hopes to break ground by mid-2015.

Meanwhile, the district currently has 291 excess students based on existing school buildings. At the middle school, however, there is room for additional 274 students, bringing the net over-capacity figure to 17.

In other action tonight, trustees are expected to:

  • Receive an update on the state assessment and accountability system.
  • Discuss in closed session all applicable probationary positions, including confidential and classified employees.

The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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