RPA Enacts Fees In Walden

In its budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, The Town Of Walden must include a new line item. The Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency is enacting a new fee system among the municipalities it serves, including Walden, Red Bank, East Ridge and others. I\’m sure there will be more and more of this over the next few years.

For Walden that means paying $1,849 a year. The town paid nothing before. This gets them more inline with what others in the area are paying.

The fee is based on the services the RPA provided to Walden between 2008-2012, said RPA Executive Director John Bridger at the Town of Walden’s June 10 regularly scheduled meeting during which the budget was formally adopted.

“What we are trying to do is capture the cost of the services we provide,” Bridger told the Mayor.

Those services include reviewing zoning cases, minor ordinance amendments and subdivision regulations, Bridger explained.
Any services outside of those would require an extra fee, he added.

According to the town Recorder Fern Lockhart the FY 2014-2015 budget already allocates money for the fee, and Bridger said the contract will be renegotiated after three years.

RPA also formerly served Signal Mountian, but the town contracted with Southeast Tennessee Development District for $12,500 per year

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