Kimberly-Clark Weber County

Kimberly-Clark seeks a reduction of around $170,000 from Weber County officials in proposed impact fees for a planned $8.8 million upgrade at its facility north of Ogden, pictured here Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

OGDEN — Kimberly-Clark seeks a reduction in the Weber County government fees it’ll face as part of a planned $8.8 million expansion at its facility just north of Ogden.

Per county ordinance, the company faces a $175,526 stormwater impact fee for the project, based on the size of the 133.5-acre lot where a planned new storage facility is to be built. But it’s asking that the sum be whittled to $5,655 since the upgrade will only impact 4.3 acres of the total, according to Craig Browne, chief building official for Weber County.

Such fees aim to offset wear caused by new development on the county’s stormwater sewer system. But since most of the 133.5-acre Kimberly-Clark parcel at 2100 N. Rulon White Blvd. will remain grassy and undeveloped, the impact of the new development won’t be as pronounced. “We’re just trying to keep it reasonable,” Browne said.

Requests for impact fee reductions like Kimberly-Clark’s come to the county once or twice a year, he estimates. The new 250,000-square-foot storage facility would allow the firm, which makes diapers and tissues, to keep supplies closer to its main plant.

“The expansion would provide us with additional efficiencies by bringing our warehousing operations on site, and as a result, decrease our road usage,” the company said in an emailed statement. The firm is in the process of seeking additional information on the county fees.

Overall, Kimberly-Clark would face $183,083 in varied county fees to pursue the upgrade project, even if the stormwater fee is cut to $5,655, according to county documents. Roadway impact fees, $120,624, account for the single biggest single chunk of that.

Beyond that, the Kimberly-Clark operation here has an estimated property tax bill for 2018 of $492,540, according to county records.

Kimberly-Clark’s request appeared on the Aug. 21 Weber County Commission meeting agenda, but officials didn’t take any action.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.