The HSU Economics Department just released their most recent edition of the Humboldt Economic Index, and lucky readers like you can read it here.
Although we might have dreamed of it, and really can’t yet believe it, the report indicates some very slight gains in manufacturing orders and building permits issued. Wow! Good for us, it’s like we’re in the middle of a particularly good day in between chemo treatments. (Also, let’s note that all that “extra” work that the Planning and Building Departments have been faced with hasn’t put a halt to their regular work – they just issued more permits this past month then they did at any point over the last year.)
Of course, while we hip-hip-hooray-ed ourselves into believing the good hype about the economy for a very short while, we soon turned to looking at ways to maybe maintain a steady upward trend in important economic indicators.
And we didn’t have to look far! The City of Anderson, over in Shasta County, is moving forward with a program that would waive up to $25,000 in impact fees for developers who would significantly add jobs and sales tax revenue to the Anderson coffers.
Here’s a link to the Shasta Builder’s Exchange page that talks about the proposed fee reductions. Of note is that the revenue from impact fees won’t be lost – just realized in different ways.
From the article linked above, Anderson City Manager Jeff Kiser says:
“In order to qualify for a cut, the developer must:
• Either own the property or sign a long-term lease.
• Bring in jobs “that are a good match for the available workforce in the city of Anderson,” or increase sales tax revenue by $20,000 annually.
• Select an area that has sufficient infrastructure to support it or is close to that infrastructure.
• Pick a site that is properly zoned.
• Improve the property’s value, and thus property tax receipts.
Water and sewer fees would not be affected and there would be a $25,000 cap, however.”
Groovy, right? The article mentions elsewhere that the City “is also eyeing a type of “fast-track” for certain developments.” Imagine that? Making it easier for people who provide jobs and valuable revenue to our governments.
Of course, we don’t know that a fast-track for development would really work in Humboldt, even though we think it’s a fantastic idea and would be of huge help to the entire region. You see, even when developer’s go through all the required motions, you still will get some people with their heads so far up their asses they can’t wrap their heads around laws or due process.
THC thinks that if Anderson can do it, then we sure as hell can! Alternatively, THC also thinks that if a town like Anderson is making our entire county look like it’s out of innovative ideas and way behind the times, then the pots of gold at the end of the Humboldt Economic Index are going to be really disappointing.