Commissioners select new chair and waive road impact fees

Published on November 15, 2013 with No Comments

Thursday the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing and then voted to extend the suspension of impact fees to assist in transportation improvements for the sixth straight year.

Back in Jan. of 2009 the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend the transportation impact fees in a effort to stimulate new local construction projects.

This move was made in response to the national downturn in the economy and high unemployment in hopes of stimulating new employment opportunities  and that the savings would double as an economic stimulus.

Those who started paying installments prior to the 2009 decision by the commissioners will be required to make their 2013 and 2014 payments.

Impact fees are a one-time charge to offset the cost for new and expanded infrastructure caused by a new development.

In most cases these fees are categorized based on the project while a county or other municipality may have one or more impact fees. These types of fees can include roads, water, sewer, drainage, parks, libraries, fire services, law enforcement, as well as school.

Commissioners are expected to address the waiver again in Nov. 2014.

In fiscal year 2007/2008 Santa Rosa County imposed 623 road impact fees and collected more than $1.8 million to help fund road projects within the county.

In other news from Thursday’s meeting; District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin was selected to serve as the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, while District 3 Commissioner Don Salter was elected vice-chair. Each commissioner will serve in this position for a one year period.

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