Proposed development fee moratorium to have ripple effect on schools

Proposed development fee moratorium to have ripple effect on schools

Discussion of removing or reducing Ottawa’s development impact fees has Ottawa Elementary School District Supt. Cleve Threadgill concerned.

Some of those impact fees go to the school district to help absorb the cost of potentially adding more students who might come with more housing.

But, Threadgill says it’s not just about the money.

Of main concern is McKinley School on the south side where is more potential for subdivisions. Threadgill says they can only put so many students in a class and only have so many classrooms to put them in.

Ottawa City Commissioner Tom Ganiere wants the moratorium on the fees to entice developers to come to Ottawa.

(PICTURED L-R) Commissioner Tom Ganiere; Elementary Board of Ed. President Mark Fisher; Board of Ed. Member Ron Henson; and Supt. Cleve Threadgill.
Ganiere says he’d be willing to talk about keeping at least some of the fees in place that go to the school system.

Threadgill, along with Board President Mark Fisher and board member Ron Henson spoke to Ganiere about it Thursday morning at city hall.