Monday, May 08, 2006

Issues watch: Impact fees

State and local builders have filed a lawsuit against Polk County over its $8,596 school impact fee, which they claim is unconstitutional because it includes money to meet class-size requirements. The two groups contend about 70% of the fee, or $5,778, is for the class-size amendment and that Florida law stipulates that the class-size amendment may not be funded by the local school district. They want that portion thrown out. The Polk County Commission increased the school impact fee from $1,607 to $8,596 last year.

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