Remove increased FUSD developer fees for existing home owners to get building permit
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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has increased the developer fees from $5.70 to $26.11 per square feet, within a span of 1 year.
THESE FEES ARE APPLICABLE FOR EXISTING HOME OWNERS IF YOU ARE ADDING 500 OR MORE SQ. FT. TO YOUR EXISTING HOME.
During May, 2016 the increase was from $5.70 to $8.19
During December, 2016 the increase was from $8.19 to $16.38
During May, 2017 it was increased from $16.38 to $26.11
This is about 500% increase in fees and there is no control in place like there are rent control act. This is hurting existing home owners who are planning to add some extra living space.
Many buyers would have bought small home than needed because of affordability during the time of purchase, with a plan to add more living space when they they can afford.
The basic cost of new construction in Fremont is about $135 per sq. ft. The $26.11 per square school impact feet cost is increasing the cost of construction by about 20%.
The $26.11 per square school impact feet cost is taking anywhere from 1 to 4 years of hard earned post tax money they saved, adding more financial burden to the families who are already paying high mortgage and property taxes.
This could make the bigger home prices go up higher and home prices of smaller homes fall which will hurt the home owners that own smaller homes (who generally have lower income than the bigger home owners)
There is immediate need for Fremont Unified School District to take away the increased developer fees for existing home owners who are doing addition for their own family/personal needs and keeping the higher fees only for new construction/addition with an intent for sale or rent. Example: Builders building home on empty site/lot and for builders who claim "Builder’s Claim for New Construction Exclusion from Supplemental Assessment" (http://www.acgov.org/forms/assessor/Builder_Claim_New_Construction.pdf)
What is the reason for increase in this building fees?
There are many new complex that builders build and bring in more families adding up more students to school. To build school infrastructure/class rooms, FUSD increased the developer fees from $5.70 to $26.11 per square feet. This should have been increased only for the new construction but FUSD increased for existing home owners giving a reason that the existing home owners could sell the property bringing in new students to school. This argument is incorrect. If existing home owner sells home not matter whether addition is done or not, there is chance that the new family moving in might add new students.
Loop hole that builders (who flip the house) will use:
There is no school impact fees for 499 sq. ft. or less addition. The builders who flip the house will now only add 499 sq. ft. and sell and make their profit. The home owners who want bigger home and not want to pay school impact fees will have to construct in multiple phase of 499 sq. ft. which will add overhead cost and hassle.
Neighborhood cities that have good rated schools do not have this high school impact fees.
Cupertino School impact developer fees: $2.09
Palo Alto school impact fees: $3.48
Santa Clara: $1.12
Overall this increase is hurting the existing home owners in Fremont city, who just want make their existing home bigger for them to stay.
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PETITION TO REQUEST FUSD TO REDUCE THE SCHOOL IMPACT FEES FOR EXISTING HOME OWNERS BACK TO WHAT IT WAS IN EARLY 2016.
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