Bay County Impact Fees to Stay Low

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

BAY COUNTY - Bay County commissioners have kept impact fees low for several years now. On Tuesday, they voted to keep them at the same rate they've had since 2008.

The recovering economy is the main reason why commissioners voted to keep things the same.

Road impact fees will continue to be reduced by 100%. Fire, parks and recreation facilities, and library impact fees will also stay cut by 50%.

The idea is to keep the fees low so that more people will buy or build houses, but not all commissioners were on board with the proposal.

"We're going to ham string future commissions without impact fees on parks and recreations, library, and fire to be able to do their duty to furnish those services to people," said Commissioner Mike Thomas.

Commissioner Thomas was the only commissioner to vote no on the continued reduction.

He says the reduced impact fees were designed to spur growth in the area but he says that hasn't been the case. Instead he says most people expect to pay the full fees when moving to a new area.

The reduced impact fees are supposed to last for an additional two years.

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