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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  • by Hugh Location: Wakulla on Mar 7, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    Part of Wakulla County's impact fees were passed on incorrect facts parroted by Commissioner Jerry Moore. You can watch the video here (copy and paste in your browser): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meNX5gdVi_E Commissioner Moore's facts are wrong. Why? One of two answers apply. But we know that.
  • by Anonymous Location: wakulla county resident on Mar 3, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    How about a Wendy's and a Taco Bell also.
  • by Anti Location: Tally on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    $50,000 in impact fees last year? I'd rather see some growth in the county, some of the empty houses filled, more people working than only getting a mere $50,000 in additional fees. Or if you want to continue to stunt growth and live in a depressed/repressed county ask your commissioners to keep impact fees.
  • by Bright Mind Location: Crawfordville on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    Good Job Commissioners. A Sonny's would be great. Hammaknockers is too small.
  • by gallinafina Location: crawfordville on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Wakulla commissioner's to do list..... Sonny's, Publix, Chick-Fil-A, Super Suds Car Wash and a farmer's market. Ready, Set....Go!
  • by Sonny's? on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    When we have Hammonknockers? Are you serious? Sonny's is not even close to being as good.
  • by shadow on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    What did you all expect when you voted in a developer on the Commission?
  • by if Location: nf on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    now is not a time for impact fees most counties have droped or never had impact fees,this was a good thing to do,when times get better they can vote to restart them again good job commissioner.
  • by Good Ol Boy Location: Wakulla on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    Thank you Jerry Moore for doing what you promised. This is why you beat Howard! Please bring that Publix to Wakulla and we really want a Sonny's too if you can swing that!
  • by What Location: Crawfordville on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:40 AM
    I hope this brings lots of opportunity to the county and it helps me sell my house.
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