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Impact fee passes, but not without a fight

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By Claude Lewis

It might not be exactly what Levy School Board officials wanted, but a compromise at least has the new school impact fee ordinance on board.

School Board members held a joint meeting with the Levy County Commissioners at the school administration building on Jan. 8 to finalize and OK the plan.

While many thought it would just be a formality, the school impact fee plan almost died when county commissioners Tony Parker, Nancy Bell and Lilly Rooks failed to support it.

Twice, commissioner Danny Stevens made motions to approve it. Twice, no one would back him.

School Board members, financial officer Bob Clemons and Superintendent Clifton Norris were taken back by the lack of support.

They rallied to the occasion and fought for a compromise to save the night.

Clemons pointed out that if the plan died, the study done by outside firm Urbanomics, who did the blueprint for the ordinance, would no longer be effective.

"After a certain period of time, the study is no longer good,"he said. "We spent $35,000 on the study. We'd have to do it again and spend even more taxpayers' money."


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