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STOCKTON — Stockton builders will have to wait two more weeks to see what kind of fee reductions the City Council will approve.
The council voted to have staff analyze an alternative proposal to reduce public facilities fees that would include more multi-family housing and even steeper fee cuts in low-income areas of town.
The effort to stimulate Stockton’s job market and jump start new home construction by reducing public facilities fees (PFFs) started last March and has become more complicated with every meeting.
By the end of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, four plans had emerged:
All the plans called for ensuring that at least 60 percent of the construction jobs created would go to workers within 50 miles of Stockton.
Community Development Director David Kwong explained that the city would have trouble reducing PFFs by more than $12,459 because of bond and contract obligations which would create legal and credit risks. Kwong said the only type of PFFs the city can adjust are fees related to public buildings or parks.
Nearly five hours after the meeting began, Zapien moved to have his amended plan analyzed by staff to determine what its impact would likely be. That motion passed 5-2 with council members Holman and Lofthus voting against it. The issue will be considered again at the Nov. 17 City Council meeting.