By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Now that the Great Recession is over, Beaufort County officials say the county should review its development impact fees which have not been adjusted in a decade.

U.S. Census figures show the Beaufort area is one of the 20 fastest-growing areas in the United States.

Local media outlets report that the county started collecting the impact fees during the boom of the late 1990s to help pay for such things as roads, parks, fire protection and often school infrastructure.

But county council members said Monday that as the economy rebounds, the fees may not be enough to offset the higher costs of needed infrastructure that new growth brings.

The county staff is expected to review the fees during the next couple of months.

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