Wakulla County Removes Mandatory Impact Fees

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Lucy Ward has owned a daycare in Wakulla County for more than 20 years, and she says to move from one facility in the county to another cost her over 25 thousand dollars in impact fees. The Wakulla County Commissioners voted Monday to remove all the impact fees.

Wards says, "I just don't feel like they should charge me that kind of money being in business as long as I've been in business here."

Wakulla Commissioner Jerry Moore who is against the impact fees, says this one time fee is assessed to all property holders in the county and designed to help with the county's infrastructure.

Moore says, "In a hot economy when you can pick and choose whatever that's one thing, but in a down economy, you've got to do everything you can to create jobs."

The Wakulla county building department says within the last year, only one business applied for a building permit in the county, and they are hoping that with the impact fees being removed, it will encourage more business.

Last year, the county collected about $50,000 in impact fees.

Commissioner Lynn Artz who was the only commissioner that voted to keep the impact fees says, "Wakulla County is struggling and removing all the impact fees would not be good for the infrastructure and upkeep of the county."

Elinor Elfner who is for paying impact fees in the county says, "I don't feel that that's fair, I think that growth should pay for itself by having the impact fees that are assessed based on the research of what it actually cost."

If you want to voice your opinion on the impact fees, you are invited to attend the commissioner's board meeting on Monday to express your concerns.

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