LOUISVILLE, Colo. (KDVR) — Nearly three months since the Marshall Fire destroyed more than a thousand homes and other commercial buildings, frustration is growing for residents who want to rebuild their homes on their existing lots. Unfortunately, the process is different depending on which city you are in.

For many it was debris removal that was the sticking point, now that lots are starting to be cleared, reconstruction costs are yet another hurdle.

Danielle Fagan’s 16-year-old Louisville home was reduced to rubble in the fire.

“It’s our home like there’s nowhere else we want to be, it’s where we want to be,” Danielle Fagan said. “It’s such an overwhelming process that people are just driven away by financial, emotional, mental and physical exhaustion from the whole process.”

Fagan is temporarily renting a place in downtown Louisville so her children can be close to friends and school.

“Once these homes are cleared of debris, I think just being able to see like new and not seeing that the rubble will heal is enough to move forward a little, more every day,” Fagan said.

Additional costs are another hurdle in the rebuilding process. According to City of Louisville websitefor a house with an assessment of $700,000, the addition construction costs increase the total by an additional $25,000.

“It really leaves you speechless because there are these huge fees and then there are all these other hidden fees that I think we’re probably not fully aware of,” Fagan said. “So the whole process is very, very intimidating and scary.”

The mayor of Superior and the board of directors of the town next door have eliminated all municipal sales taxes and about half of the building permit fees.

“We couldn’t waive all sales and use taxes because some of that goes to the state, county, RTD and other entities,” Mayor Clint Folsom said.

Folsom said he is calling on other state and county agencies to also remove the tax on rebuilds and make the fee reduction even greater.

“It feels like we have a lot of envy for senior residents,” Fagan said. “If Louisville could do the same. I know they are trying hard. But it would just be like such a relief. It’s a huge stressor.

Folsom said he hoped it would bring some relief, but understood that rebuilding would take years, during which time some residents might choose to move on.

“Initially, I think it was definitely the desire [of community members] stay in the community. But I think over time people are going to have to make decisions about how quickly they can [and] want to get back to some sort of normalcy, and for some that means buying a place in maybe another field,” Folsom said.

Troubleshooters contacted Louisville about the possibility of reducing or waiving the fee, but did not hear back. However, their website has a worksheet that explains how to calculate reconstruction costs for Marshall Fire Homes.

“I think the intention is there. I think their hearts are in the right place. I do. I just think everyone is overwhelmed,” Fagan said.