Letters to the Editor

New Manatee County development should pay full impact fee

Workers construct a home in Central Park, a community adjacent to Gullett Elementary School one of the county's newest schools in Lakewood Ranch. The Manatee County School District is planning to work with the county to study the possibility of reinstating impact fees on new homes built in the district.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald
Workers construct a home in Central Park, a community adjacent to Gullett Elementary School one of the county's newest schools in Lakewood Ranch. The Manatee County School District is planning to work with the county to study the possibility of reinstating impact fees on new homes built in the district.GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald gjefferies@bradenton.com

In Sunday's Herald "a new revenue source" was recommended by a Citizen's Financial Advisory Board. It involved an increase in the sales tax and neglected to mention impact fees. An increase in the sales tax could be one answer, but what about revenue from impact fees also?

Why shouldn't real estate developers and those involved with buying available land in Manatee County on which to build more housing and other buildings be responsible for all impact fees? They quite often obtain approval for developments harmful to native habitats, among other concessions to the rules.

I believe impact fees are used for roads, schools, traffic signs, street lights, etc., for new developments. Taxes have to be paid by all residents for most other necessities -- many of which are also connected to new housing. Why should residents also be responsible for impact fees?

Who are those in Manatee County profiting the most from new housing? The developers.

Also, why do developers take an interest in running for elected office -- so they can allow current practices to continue in their favor?

Many elected officials (commissioners) will approve in favor of the developers not having to pay the full impact fees. They will probably refer to legal decisions made earlier for a reason (excuse) to vote in favor of the developers. It happens all the time.

G. Krenzer

Bradenton

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