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Is cheaper housing coming to Pasco?



Several Pasco County Commissioners said today it's worth considering cutting impact fees to help stoke  the county's floundering housing industry after being asked by developer Alex Deeb. A 25-percent reduction for 18 months could allow the county to qualify for a state fund that helps first-time homebuyers purchase homes.

Last year, Pasco raised the impact fees to build a new home to more than $22,000, among the highest in the state. Then the rate of building hit the floor for various reasons.

"Anything we can do to jump start the economy, I think it's worth us taking a look at," Commissioner Michael Cox said, noting no one has committed to cutting the fee costs.

-- David DeCamp/Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:30am]


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