Debate Continues Over College Station Growth

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

It was one of the most controversial issues in this weekend's election.

How should the city of College Station pay for growth?

Place 1 City Council winner John Crompton advocated impact fees.

This would make developers foot the bill and pay traffic impact fees as they build new homes.

Some fear this could lead to College Station becoming a mini-Austin, where there are more people coming in, than the city can support.

But former College Station Mayor Larry Ringer says it's best to develop a long term plan now, rather than later.

"It does require commercial development and businesses to provide the tax base. Both sales tax and property tax, it requires employment opportunities for people, so we need to be friendly to that development too," Ringer said. "But we need to have that as part of a well-planned community."

In the end, Ringer says he thinks the fear of high fees may be blown out of proportion. He believes there will be some compromise on both sides before all is said and done.

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