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Pasco County joins lawsuit over impact fees

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Pasco joins lawsuit over impact fees

Pasco County has joined in a lawsuit that challenges state legislation passed last year that puts the burden of proof on local governments when their impact fees are challenged in court.

The lawsuit argues that the legislation, House Bill 227, is unconstitutional, in part because it violates the separation of powers.

"These significant changes allow the judiciary to act as a legislative body, second guessing policy decisions of local lawmakers," according to a news release from the Florida Association of Counties.

The lawsuit names House Speaker Larry Cretul and Senate President Jeff Atwater as defendants.

Pasco is one of nine counties, along with the Florida Association of Counties, the Florida League of Cities and the Florida School Boards Association, that filed the lawsuit in Leon County Wednesday.

Pasco County joins lawsuit over impact fees 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:15pm]
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