City sees increase in building permits
DeSoto issued 41 permits to build single-family homes in 2000, eight fewer than the previous year.
However, figures compiled by City Clerk Lana McPherson indicate the city issued more building permits last year and saw an increase in the fees it collected from permit fees.
The city issued 138 building permits last year, 15 more than in 1999. The city collected $48,200 in permit fees. That was the largest amount the city has ever collected.
The city collected $116,000 from its excise tax in 2000. That was $22,500 less than it collected in 1999, but $28,700 more than it received in 1998, the first year for the tax.
Overall, the year-end numbers indicate a healthy home building environment in DeSoto, City Administrator Gerald Cooper said.
Early indications suggest 2001 will be even stronger. The developers of the Timberland Trails Subdivision have said they plan to complete an 80-home residential development in two years. With that time schedule, that development alone could provide nearly as many single-family permits as DeSoto saw in 2000.