Ustick Meridian intersection construction

A yearlong project to widen the Ustick and Meridian roads intersection wrapped up in November 2017.

Courtesy of the Ada County Highway District

The Ada County Highway District collected more than $8.5 million in impact fees from new construction in Meridian in fiscal year 2017.

That number is significantly higher than what the highway district collected from any other city within its jurisdiction. The next highest was Boise at $4.3 million, according to the eighth annual ACHD revenue and expense report.

The report shows what each city within Ada County and the county contribute in revenue to ACHD and what is spent in each one. It’s meant to provide a reference point for local officials, according to ACHD.

Impact fees are paid to the highway district through building permits on new homes and retail and industrial buildings.

Since 2003, impact fees from construction in Meridian have generated $69 million to ACHD, which is an indication of the large amount of growth in the city, according to the report.

ACHD has four main sources of revenue that together contribute 75 percent of the district’s total revenue. Property taxes are the largest source. The others include impact fees, vehicle registration fees and the Highway Users Fund, which comes from the fuel tax.

In fiscal year 2017, ACHD collected a total of $25.1 million in Meridian between property taxes and impact fees. It spent about $24.9 million, according to the report.

ACHD’s total budget for fiscal year 2017 was about $103 million.


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