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Councilors OK plan to raise building fees

City Council members came to a consensus on planned increases to system development charges at a work session on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The council decided, informally, to implement the increase in phases, and also capped the increase about $3,000 lower than city staff had suggested.

System development charges, or SDCs, are fees cities charge to new construction in order to fund the services those new buildings will use. In Sweet Home, the proposed SDCs will cover costs for transportation, water, stormwater, parks and wastewater.

The city’s current SDCs only include water and wastewater, an...