Fairfield-Suisun trustees OK developer fee hike despite challenge

By From page A4 | June 27, 2014

FAIRFIELD — An increase in development fees to $4.99 a square foot – and a study justifying the boost – won unanimous approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees after a developer’s representative and an attorney for builder A.G. Spanos Companies said the study is inadequate.

Fees are now $3.77 a square foot for residential building permits. The increase is effective Friday.

Bryan Wenter, representing Stockton-based Spanos, asked trustees to delay a decision and allow a more fair fee that complies with state law. He said problems include publishing notice of the fees on the Memorial Day holiday, which Wenter said violates state law.

Mike Evans, director of planning for DeNova Homes, told trustees, “the needs analysis is incomplete.”

Kim Van Gundy, director of facilities and construction for the school district, said the study was done by a consultant knowledgeable about state law. She said the attorney for the Fairfield-Suisun School District found no information preventing public notice on a holiday.

Trustees approved the fees and study without comment.

Wenter and Evans declined to comment about the board approval.

Fairfield planning commissioners meeting Wednesday approved a 286-unit apartment proposed for Business Center Drive by A.G. Spanos Companies. Wenter said the companies concerns about the fees are general and not related specifically to the apartment development near Solano Community College.

A 2014-15 annual district budget that includes a $1 million travel and conference budget also won approval. The travel budget represents 0.58 percent of total expenditures in the general fund, Laneia Grindle, director fiscal services, said in response to a question by Trustee Pat Shamansky about the 11 percent increase in such spending.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • George GuynnJune 27, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Wasn't the budget for junkets about $659,000 the previous year? Wouldn't that be a 52% increase? Furthermore, just because it isn't 99% of the budget doesn't mean it is okay to waste the taxpayers money!!!!!!

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  • AlfJune 27, 2014 - 9:35 am

    It's disrespectful, and very uncommon to release a study and start the countdown clock ticking on a holiday. It's also questionable that an 11% increase in any budget item is necessary, especially travel. Another black mark for a district accused of secrecy and manipulation. Are there any quality people out there who would like to run for the Board?

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  • MarkJune 27, 2014 - 11:17 am

    They'll take every cent that they can get, all in the name of the kids, yet our kids aren't being better educated. But as long as the voters keep reelecting the same people back into office, it seems they like what they're getting.

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  • Dexter FowlerJune 27, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Yes by all means raise fees raise taxes and then go ahead and okay an increase in travel! This is insane! Spend this money on the teachers not the administrators!!! ONE MILLION dollars for travel???? that is ONE MILLION wasted dollars. Spend that on the schools you bunch of thieving crooks! Of course it passed the fat cats keep getting fatter!!

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