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Pasco County school impact fee advisory committee seeks input

28

March

Care about whether the Pasco County Commission increases school impact fees? The county's 10-person impact fee advisory committee will take public comment at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The committee, comprised of five commission appointees and five School Board appointees, will hold its first meeting Wednesday to begin considering the board's request for a near doubling of the charge made on new home construction.

The board made its recommendation after noting it cannot afford to build schools quickly enough to meet the needs of the county's fast-growing population.

School district officials have expressed their hope for quick action by the advisory committee, with a goal of getting the commission to act on the fee proposal by fall.

Many parents who have spoken out during the School Board's revisions of attendance zones, made necessary because of crowding, have said they plan to press for the higher impact fee. That first opportunity to impress upon the advisory committee comes at the end of Wednesday's session, which opens with introductions and overviews. District CFO Olga Swinson is to present the board's five-year construction plan, and impact fee consultant Carson Bise will go over his analysis of funding needs.

The public meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. and will take place at Rasmussen College, Land O' Lakes Campus, 18600 Fernview Street.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:27am]

    

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