Permit fees excessive?

It seems some Pleasanton citizens got a bit ruffled when they saw the amounts of permit fees that were charged to the Pleasanton ISD for the new additions and construction project from the $63 million bond that was passed in 2015.

Currently, the fees total $169,356.00 which do not include other fees for platting, title report, flood report, traffic study and subdivision plat.

The multi-million dollar project includes a new agriculture facility, an addition to the primary, renovations to the junior and high school campuses plus a new elementary school that will be for grades 2-5. In other words … there’s a lot of permits being issued for this project.

Calls were made to surrounding communities on their school district’s construction. Some waived their fees. Jourdanton and Falls City were among them. Poteet did charge but did not share the amount. 

The ordinances in place for the City of Pleasanton were updated during our Eagle Ford growth spurt to address the many businesses coming in at a rapid pace.

Where I see that permits are beneficial to ensure all criteria is met and safety of the buildings is important, I feel the construction of schools falls into a different category. Schools are not for profit entities. They survive from taxing our property owners.

We build state-of-the-art facilities to attract great families which then turn into good homes – some of which are new construction, too.

These extra rooftops pay taxes, utilities and bring in sales tax for the city. So the city benefits from these improvements.

? The way I see it, I’m hoping that both the school and city can resolve this. $170,000 could certainly be used for the benefit of our students in so many other ways.

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

 

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