JMU RoCo growth study

Brent Finnegan -- March 28th, 2007

The DNR reports that JMU professors Wood and Kreutzer are presenting the county BoS with a report on county growth tonight. The profs found that “each additional resident will bring in about $2,750 in revenue — property taxes and sales taxes — and create about $4,100 in additional expenses per year.” The report also says that each new resident adds about $2,100 to school costs per year.

I’m no statistician, but (according to the figures in this article) it sounds like new every new resident costs the county $3,900 per year.

In somewhat related news, BoS member Bill Kyger responded to bloggers’ questions on Republitarian yesterday. Among many other things, he wrote:

The alternative to growth is no growth, which is not a viable option for the preservation of our quality of life. The key to growth is a sustained level that gradually impacts the cost of doing business and does not dramatically increase the need for increasing the tax burden of the community… We are in one of those stages where we need some infrastructure additions to handle our growth in the number of school age population. A part of the issue with elementary school space is the Board’s concerted effort to cluster the growth in areas that have water and sewer, thereby lessening the demand in agricultural areas and protecting farm investments…

Kyger also touched on issues of county meals tax, county budget, Bridgewater bypass, Boyers Road traffic, farm subsidies, SRI, and impact fees.

2 Responses to “JMU RoCo growth study”

  1. republitarian says:

    Bill will tell you, like he told me, that the doubling of construction cost in the last ten years was not very well planned for.

    Instead of 90 mil for schools it would have been more like 50 mil…and that doesn’t count the costs to fix the roads.

    That issue is what has put everyone in such a bind….

  2. Dave Briggman says:

    Myron, that’s not exactly true…I’m not sure why you keep trying to defend Kyger & Company…You and I have been saying for YEARS (about five perhaps) that the cost of development is borne by the taxpayers…I do’t think the Supervisors needed two profs from JMU to tell them that.

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