Feeling the Impact

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

Developers and new homeowners have been scrambling to the Bay County development office for the past few weeks trying to save some money.

Last month Bay County commissioners approved two new impact fees that go into effect Tuesday. The extra money will go to renovate the library and pay for parks and recreation for unincorporated areas of Bay County.

The two fees will add close to $1,000 to the cost of building a new home.

Builders have to pay it when they get building permits, so all those developers have been pressing the building department to issue permits before Tuesday.

Dan Shaw with the county says that doubled the office workload.

"In order to try and get as many people through, you're right; a permit for a single family home is a lot easier to process and get out of here than say a permit for a multi-family condo project."

County commissioners say these are the first of several new impact fees. They're considering fees for to fund fire departments, law enforcement, the jail and county roads.

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