Photo courtesy of the city of Spring Hill
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to defer two items Monday night; a proposed development fee increase, as well as a proposed ordinance that would see any additional proceeds from a potential property tax increase go only to road projects.
The items have now been moved to a special-called meeting scheduled for next Tuesday on March 26. Reasons for the deferrals include having the entire voting body present, as Vice Mayor Bruce Hull and Alderman Susan Zemek had schedule conflicts with Monday’s meeting, and to give the significant proposals the full attention of an entire meeting.
Currently, Spring Hill has the lowest average development fees of any city in Williamson County. Its road impact fees on single-family development, meaning a single residential home, are nearly 1,500 percent lower than the city of Franklin’s.
The proposed spike to these fees would see development fees for all types of development surpass that of Brentwood’s, but still sit comfortably below Franklin’s.
Regarding the proposal on how funds from a potential property tax increase could be used, Alderman Matt Fitterer had previously submitted an ordinance that stipulated all additional revenue earned from a potential property tax increase would be restricted to being used only on road projects in 2019.
City staff had also previously outlined a plan for a potential property tax increase, in which the rate would gradually increase by 43 cents over a five-year period.
The first item to come up during Monday night’s meeting, the proposed development fee increase, saw its motion to defer challenged by one alderman – Alderman Kevin Gavigan.
“I’m not going to support deferring this,” Gavigan said. “I think we spent a lot of time on this, we talked about it for a long time… was ready to go tonight, was excited about it tonight, so I’m going to not support the deferral. If it does come before us tonight, I’m going to support it.”
Despite the opposition to deferring the item, it was ultimately deferred to next Tuesday with a vote of 5 – 1.
The proposal on the use of funds from a potential property tax increase was also successfully deferred, only this time with a unanimous vote of 6 – 0.
Scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, the meeting will be solely dedicated to these two items, and will have opportunities for public comment. The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 199 Town Center Parkway, Spring Hill, TN 37174.