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Hernando School Board still struggling with impact fee study vote



BROOKSVILLE — Look no further than Tuesday night’s Hernando County School Board meeting to see just how controversial impact fees have become in the county.

The issue nearly derailed the entire meeting before it even happened.

Board members initially were slated to vote on a measure to pay for an educational facilities impact fee study — something that is needed to determine the appropriate fees.

The one-time levies on new construction help offset the cost of future growth, but are currently suspended. Hernando County commissioners have made it clear they won’t bring back the education fee without a new study.

But last week, the item was removed from the School Board’s agenda.

Some board members were not happy.

“As a matter of business,” said board member John Sweeney, “I would like greater notification the next time something is going to be removed of this importance.”

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[Last modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:22pm]


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