Orange County commissioners have approved a plan to raise impact fees in each of the next four years.
The fees are intended to raise money for schools needs and vary by home type and differ by school system. But some increases are dramatic. By 2012, a developer building a new single-family home in Carrboro or Chapel Hill will pay $11,423. That's up from $4,407 now.
In the county, the fee on a single-family home will increase from $3,000 now to $5,623 in four years.
Some builders say the impact fees, particularly in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, will act as a deterrent, and one commissioner, Pam Hemminger, wondered aloud Thursday night whether raising fees so much would actually reduce revenue if builders simply stopped doing business here.
"If we raise the rates and get zero income, that's not a good plan," she said.
Omar Zinn, a local builder, told commissioners Thursday night that home sales are down 30 percent or more and many of his colleagues in the business are hurting.
"I know it's been seven years since we've had an increase," Zinn said. "But to have it at this time - to say it's a bad decision is an understatement."
You can read the entire rundown of fee increases for all types of homes on pages 2 and 3 of the attached document.