Sarasota County could temporarily halt the collection of school impact fees on new construction for two years beginning Dec. 1.
The school board made that request last month, and county commissioners will consider it tomorrow.
School impact fees tack on about $2,000 to every single-family home and about $500 to every multi-family unit built in the county.
The money goes toward building the infrastructure to serve those new homes.
It’s unclear if the commission will approve the school board’s request. A similar move was proposed last year, but commissioners denied it, because they said the infrastructure still needs to be paid for and built.
During the construction boom four years ago, the impact fees generated more than $10 million, but last year they brought in only about $500,000.
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- There is a side effect of new construction. Each new home brings with it some "pollution" - traffic, sewage, trash and visual clutter. These are the things that impact fees are intended to compensate the community for.
This used to be a small town. You used to be able to cross the streets even if you can't run marathons. Things are changing in questionable ways.
This is not to mention the already glut of unsold property - now more than two year's worth they tell me.
- Impact fees should be permanently suspended. The real estate taxes of new homes pay for infrastructure.
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