July 13th, 2005


Impact Fees to Cost APS Millions

So, that headline was one of the lead stories in the paper today. Just for all you out of town / state people, APS (Albuquerque Public Schools)is our public school district here in Albuquerque.

What I guess kills me is that we are charging our school district Impact Fees. Impact Fees cover the expenses for the infrastructure (such as sewers and roads) and public services (such as fire and police protection) that the new development will require. To me, public schools fall under "public services".

To me in a perfect world (which we all know Albuquerque is not even close in), the school district should be getting money from the impact fees to pay for new schools, and improvements to the older ones. I have no clue how it is done in other cities / states, but I know that here in Albuquerque, APS has not built a new high school since the early to mid 1980's. So anywhere from 20 to 25 years with out a new high school in town that has been growing at an unchecked rate is just crazy.

Cibola, the high school I went to, was the second newest school built back in 1975. It was designed for a true capacity of 1,800 students. Right now, Cibola is around 3000 students. APS claims that Cibola's capacity is 2,200, but I have seen the documents, and that is a bunch of shit. It is amazing the stuff you see and learn when you were not only a student in the district, but also an employee of the district also. Also, back when I worked for RDA, we were doing projects for APS, and some of the stuff they try and get away with is messed up.

So, here is the article you people who care.

Impact Fees to Cost APS Millions

By Andrea Schoellkopf
Journal Staff Writer

    Albuquerque Public Schools will have to pay about $1 million in impact fees plus $3.1 million to bring utilities to a new West Side high school.
    APS has budgeted $60.8 million toward the first phase of a new high school to open on Universe just south of Ventana Ranch as early as 2007.
    The new school is being built to ease overcrowding at Cibola High School, which was built for 2,200 students but now serves close to 3,000.
    Some $988,000 in fees is required under the city's new Planned Growth Strategy.
    The other $3.1 million is expected to be the off-site costs of extending utility lines, roads and sidewalks to the undeveloped land west of the city's escarpment along Universe, said John Petronis, president for Architectural Research Consultants of Albuquerque, which is helping plan the new school. That's because there has not been any other neighboring development yet to absorb those costs.Collapse )