12/06/2021

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Bill on Impact Fee Limits Now on DeSantis’ Desk

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The monthly bill, if signed by DeSantis, would incorporate new constraints to the way area governments can levy influence fees – which shell out for infrastructure demands – on new developments.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bill despatched Thursday to Gov. Ron DeSantis would restrict local affect service fees imposed on builders and developers. Regional governments use impacts expenses to offset charges for new infrastructure to take care of development.

DeSantis has until June 18 to act on the invoice (HB 337). If signed, it would reduce neighborhood governments from rising impression expenses far more than the moment each and every four years and would restrict those people increases to 50%. If an improve is in between 25 and 50%, it would have to be spread over 4 decades. Smaller will increase would be phased in more than two yrs.

As he debated the invoice April 22, Senate sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, pointed to the good reasons a invoice was essential – raises in affect expenses that exceeded 150% in Orange County and 80% in Hillsborough County.

“This invoice is all about predictability, to make positive that people today can approach and go via a venture and understand just what the price tag is heading to be,” Gruters explained at the time. “When you have these types of significant increases, it hurts most people. We hope that community governments can strategy accordingly.”

The monthly bill was approved 94-23 in the House and 28-12 in the Senate. The growth-management corporation 1000 Friends of Florida has named for DeSantis to veto the bill, stating it would make it “virtually extremely hard for regional governments to require that new improvement pays its own way. Existing residents will shoulder even more of the expenses related with new improvement through raised taxes, declining roads, parks and other community infrastructure, or equally.”

The bill would allow for community governments to exceed the limits, but that would demand a analyze showing “the amazing situation demanding the extra increase.” Also, community governments would have to keep at least two workshops and approve the boosts by at least a two-thirds vote.

The impact-rate evaluate was one of 27 bills that the Legislature sent to DeSantis on Thursday, according to his business. The costs had been handed for the duration of the legislative session that ended April 30.

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