Killeen: City council tables vote on impact fee plan

After much debate Tuesday night, Killeen City Council members voted unanimously to table a vote on the impact fee. (Photo by Brandon Hamilton)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) After much debate Tuesday night, Killeen City Council members voted unanimously to table a vote to next week on the controversial impact fee.

The one-time impact fee, the city says, would help pay for future costs on infrastructure, such as road repairs, water lines and sewer projects. The fee, which has been discussed since 2010, would only apply to new developments and be paid by the developer or builder of a new development.

On Tuesday, residents also had a chance to voice their opinions during a public setting for the first time.

Some voiced approval and the need of the fee while others, such as developer Gary Pursher Jr. told council members he was against the fee.

Dick Young, a former city council member, says the fee is needed. He helped push for the impact fee back in 2016.

The city of Killeen is not the only city looking at an impact fee. Waco city council members discussed plans in February and wanted to see how the fee would impact growth in the city.

In Killeen, once council members vote -- if the decide to move forward -- city officials will use the proposed land assumption study and capitol improvements plan to come up with the dollar amount for the fee.

The two plans takes a look at expected growth in Killeen and projected infrastructure costs.