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Impact fees fate on Tuesday's agenda

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:11 PM
BROOKSVILLE -

County commissioners Tuesday will discuss extending the moratorium on impact fees slated to sunset Nov. 15.

Commissioners had previously lowered them to 2001 levels and the fees went from $9,200 to $4,848.

But last year, commissioners agreed to lower impact fees across the board to 1999 levels, pushing single-family fees down to around $2,950. That reduction will expire this November.

Critics have said at past commission meetings that lowering impact fees devalues other homes in the area and it's unfair to make other taxpayers pay the cost of infrastructure improvements.

An impact fee is a one-time charge on new development to help pay for county roads, parks and other infrastructure.

Commissioners said higher impact fees would be detrimental to builders who continue to struggle.

The number of single-family building permits issued from January through August 2012 is 107, according to the county building department.

That compares to 79 for the same eight-month period in 2011, 120 in 2010, 113 in 2009 and 223 in 2008.

Sluggish building activity and continued bad times for builders prompted county commissioners last year to lower single-family impact fees even further to try and jumpstart the housing market.

Commission Chairman Jim Adkins has previously proposed the elimination of impact fees completely but the board said they were not ready to take such a drastic step.


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