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Chiefland hopes to jumpstart new construction

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Commission considers suspending impact fees for new building permits

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Chiefland City Commission has approved on first reading a proposal to suspend impact fees for fire, police, transportation and recreation for one year as a way to jumpstart new construction.

The proposal, which won unanimous preliminary approval in the commission’s Monday evening meeting, comes up for a public hearing and final approval at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13 at City Hall.

The commission had estimated it would receive $69,000 in impact fees in the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2008 and ends on Sept. 30.

The fees are levied on new construction and vary by the type of building and its use. Jannelle Lundy, administrative assistant in the city’s building and zoning department, said impact fees for a single-family residence are $1,354.70.

Bill Hammond, head of the building and zoning department, told the commission that the fees are computed at the time the building permit is pulled and paid by the time the certificate of occupancy is issued. Builders and developers usually pass on the costs to the prospective homeowner in the total sales price.

The proposed ordinance would only affect new building permits issued after the commission approves it, which is expected to come at the April 13 meeting.

The issue could be moot, City Attorney Norm Fugate warned the commission, if the Legislature approves a three-year suspension of growth management initiatives, including impact fees.