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May 25, 2023 | Politics

Flagler County Commission Secures Reasonable Increase to Impact Fees

Flagler County, FL was once a place known for it’s beautiful beaches and friendly residents. Those things are incredible, but what about it’s conservative leadership and examples of strong policy leading the state?

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins along with the other members of the Flagler County Government and Staff reviewed and revised impact fee increases for Flagler County.

Impact fees are a charge imposed by local governments in Florida to help fund the infrastructure required to support new growth. They are one-time charges paid by the proposed development to fund the cost of providing facilities that will serve that new construction.  The concept behind impact fees is that even though development can bring many benefits, it also affects infrastructure needs. Developments add people, which means more traffic to roadways and other transportation infrastructure as well as increasing the demand on parks and recreational facilities, libraries, law enforcement, fire and EMS facilities, schools, and other public buildings. In order to accommodate this growth in demand for facilities, additional capital investment is required. Per Florida law, impact fees must be announced 90 days prior to going into affect.

An initial study justified a total of $6,500 in new and increased impact fees. The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners approved a 50% reduction. The new impact fees, totaling $3,092 per single family home, took effect on March 15, 2022.

The approved fees are as follows:

  • Transportation: $1,502
  • Parks and Recreational Facilities: $ 304
  • Law Enforcement: $ 218
  • Fire Rescue: $ 738
  • Emergency Medical Services: $ 62
  • Library: $ 268

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