The Independence City Council has adopted resolutions that dictate how to calculate SDCs (System Development Charges). For the improvement fee, the project lists from the master plans, updated cost estimates for each project, and an apportionment of the cost for each project to new growth are included in the resolutions. For the reimbursement fee, the existing system’s facilities with available reserve capacity are taken into account, minus the value of any grants, developer contributions, local improvement district revenues, and property tax-supported debt principal. The apportionment of the value of each project that is available to serve future customers is also specified in the resolutions, which also detail how SDCs are calculated and contain the SDC schedule.
Different SDCs for Different Development Types
The Parks SDCs apply only to residential development, and are calculated as a charge per square foot, plus an additional charge per bedroom. The Water SDCs are determined by the size of the water meter required for your home or business. Sewer SDCs are based on the number of plumbing fixtures at your home or business. Meanwhile, Transportation SDCs are calculated based on the amount of traffic generated, in accordance with nationally recognized data published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).