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Water System Impact Fee Approved

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Newcomers to Kalispell will now have to pay more than three hundred dollars extra in water system impact fees.

The city council approved the increase in a meeting at city hall last Monday, November 4.

They also approved the water capital improvement plan, which predicts nearly $2 million worth of maintenance projects for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Kalispell city attorney, Charlie Harball, credits population growth and the downsizing of Kalispell's city limits two years ago for the increase, saying now there are less people to shoulder the burden of needed infrastructure.

"People can't be surprised by increases. It's more likely to increase than decrease because the cost of doing business increases," said Harball.

Harball says the wastewater impact fee will appear before the council within the next few months, followed by the storm water impact fee.

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