Few changes to capital facilities plan

June 22, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Each year, Issaquah School District officials must submit their Six-Year Capital Facilities Plan to county officials for review.

The plan includes how much the district will spend in coming years to build and open new school buildings, as well as how much it will charge developers to build housing within its boundaries.

The plan is amended each year to uphold stipulations in the county’s code and the state’s Growth Management Act. The county’s Department of Development and Environmental Services reviews it and makes suggestions about the plans. After the plans are reviewed and the numbers are checked, department officials write an ordinance, which is approved by King County Council members during their budgeting process in November.

This year, there aren’t any significant changes from last year, Jacob Kuper, the chief executive officer of finance and operations, said.

The district, like last year, is not requesting impact fees from developers building multifamily projects, because they don’t have a significant enough amount of school age children to justify them, Kuper said.

The district is requesting slightly higher impact fees this year, from $3,344 this year to $3,808 next year, an increase of about $460.

The increase is based on a funding formula district officials use to predict how many children will come from single-family homes and what financial impact that will impose on the district.

District and county officials will go over the plan June 21. The meeting is not open to the public.

You can view the district’s Capital Facilities Plan here.

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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