Spotsy Considers Changes To Proffer Guidelines

(Spotsylvania)- Spotsylvania Supervisors are trying to figure out what changes are needed to its policy of getting voluntary fees from developers. The General Assembly changed the rules. Now proffers can only be for costs that can specifically be accounted for. Planning Commission member Richard Thompson says he’s concerned that the county will be forced to pay for big projects and get no help from developers. “Taxpayers will have to pick up the slack,” he said. “We could get annihilated here.” Supervisor Chris Yakabouski: “The point of legislation should be to fix a problem and make it better. Not to make it even worse.” Yakabouski said the county was never consulted and now it’s taking lawyers hours to try and figure it out. Spotsylvania Senator Bryce Reeves was a co-sponsor of the bill in the Senate. The new law goes into effect July 1st. Supervisors are still trying to figure out what they can and can’t ask for from developers.