Manatee commissioners suspend impact fees for 2 years

Manatee Board of County Commissioners today suspended school-related impact fees and half of all transportation-related impact fees for two years, according to a county news release.

The reduction will mean that impact fees on a three-bedroom home will be cut from $15,576 to about $5,500, or about $10,000 less.

The reduction will apply to building permits opened after Jan. 1, 2009 , but that will not receive its certificate of occupancy by July 27, 2009.

An impact fee is a one-time charge placed on new development to pay for new roads, parks, emergency equipment and more. Manatee County estimates that the temporary impact fee reduction will amount to $7 million over two years. Without that money, certain projects like the widening of Moccasin Wallow Road and construction of 44th Avenue will be delayed, according to the news release.

For more information on Manatee County’s impact fees, click on the Planning Department area under