COUNCIL BLUFFS — Pottawattamie County residents will not have to pay permit fees to rebuild homes ravaged by floodwaters.
The Pottawattamie County Board voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a resolution temporarily waiving filing fees for flooded structures.
County Planning Director Kay Mocha said that while the filing fees will be waived for building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, demolition and septic, the permits are still required.
"They will need to still come in and do the permit process, there just won't be any fee," she said.
The fees will be waived only if the permits are filed before work begins, she said. If county officials find someone building without a permit, the person would be subject to penalties and fees.
Mocha said the county has about 120 homes affected by floodwaters, plus 10 businesses and a number of agricultural buildings.
County Board member Loren Knauss said waiving the fees might help some people who have been displaced.
"We know people have had to pay extra rent," he said. "This is a situation where we want them to rebuild at their current locations if legally possible."
Board member Melvyn Houser expressed concern about the impact on the Planning Department's budget. Mocha said there could be added strain, but she could not put a number on it.
Knauss said in the coming weeks the board would need to discuss other potential financial stresses created by the flooding, including the possibility of decreased property assessments and of necessary road work.