Thanks to the County Commissioners who voted unanimously yesterday in support of maintaining the process for setting and updating impact fees. Maintaining the county's shared responsibility approach for financing the county's infrastructure investments is critical to the future of this county.
A special thanks to BikeWalkLee advocates, members of the Estero Council of Community Leaders, representatives from fire districts, the school district, and parks for attending & speaking at yesterday's County Commission meeting in support of the staff's recommendations on impact fees. Darla
by Tom Himes
Lee Commission Votes to Keep Impact Fees
Lee County commissioners Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of
keeping impact fees, despite the efforts of construction industry
representatives who lobbied for a two-year suspension.
commission did, however, reject proposed raises to the fees collected
for parks and emergency medical and fire services. It also approved
recommended decreases for school impact fees.
Frank Mann rebuffed the contention that impact fees discourage
development, after more than a dozen construction industry
representatives asked the commission to suspend the fees during public
“We’ve tried to work with the industry, but I
think it would be a mistake to conclude that impact fees are the evil
burden keeping us from rebounding,” Mann said.
vacant homes in the area, low demand and financing difficulty have led
to the slump in home building — and suspending impact fees won’t fix the
problem, he said.
“I don’t care if we give $10,000
bonuses,” Mann said. “People aren’t going to be able to build homes and
the construction industry is not going to be back where it was before,
because there’s no demand and there’s no financing.”
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