Raise impact fees; no more homes
Actually, impact fees are not high enough. At a time of thousands of empty homes, we need more new neighborhoods like we need more sinkholes.
You do not need to be an environmentalist to see that a lot areas in Florida can not stand anymore home building. As a longtime resident of Pasco/Pinellas (I see) we are running out of resources and unable to keep up with road widenings and overpasses, water and other human services.
Neighborhoods that are over 10 years old have turned into slums with crumbling roads and storm drainage problems just to name a few. Developers and some politicians will tell you and try to get you to believe this impact fee will create more jobs but (that) is far from the truth. And, it will increase in your taxes.
I've worked in construction and property maintenance for many years and these contractors and developers will not hire permanent residents and these jobs will land in the hands of illegal aliens. Greed is the number one motive. It is not just banks and Wall Street who have their hands out.
William Oehlecker, New Port Richey
Enough homes for 20-30 years
I know people with triple A credit ratings who can't get financing and folks who lost almost everything and those that did who can't buy homes. Economically, the middle class has either joined the ranks of the poor, become homeless or are a last paycheck from becoming homeless.
So who is going to buy these homes with $11,000 less impact fees? More important, who is going to pay for their impacts to the existing community? We already subsidize new home impacts under the existing system. Now, the commission wants us to foot the whole bill? Someone has to pay the costs of their impacts at some point, why not the guys making the millions who will fund commissioners' re-election campaigns.
This is the reason New Yorker magazine coined us the "ponzi state." It is all a scheme to enrich the rich at the people's expense!
Then there are our 90,000 empty unsold homes (a glut) and all the foreclosed homes, so who in their right mind is going to build anymore new homes in this economy? This is a ploy to get the commission to make concessions when none are needed because impact fees are something developers never wanted to pay in the first place. Impact fees have nothing to do with this. Greed has everything to do with this!
When is the commission going to realize that the days of old are over? There will be no return to the rampant, unchecked overdevelopment of our county, no return to the boom days of construction everywhere. We have enough residential home inventory for at least the next 20 or 30 years. It is time to renovate, innovate and invest in a new sustainable future for Pasco that is not fueled by new development.
Clay G. Colson, Land O'Lakes
Commission better bipartisan
I have been absolutely amazed at the comments pertaining to paying $2 to park at a county park.
The problem is that we do not have a bipartisan County Commission. They are of one party, they have no opposition. Our taxes built these parks. We do have a right to use our parks, but in our case, a certain business adjacent to the park has patrons that fill the parking lot. Place the responsibility on the correct shoulders.
They parking fees are not in the citizens' best interest. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. That's us.
We need a mixed political commission. You seeing the results we are getting. They are in the game for themselves.
Elisa Williams, Hudson
GOP committee backs Scott move
At its February meeting, the Pasco Republican Executive Committee discussed Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion of taxpayer dollars redistributed through the federal government by opposing the high speed rail from Tampa to Orlando. With nearly 200 people in attendance, there was a unanimous resolution to oppose accepting the taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars offered by President Obama.
Such a project would eventually become a tremendous, additional burden on already encumbered taxpayers when the stimulus money ran out.
If this venture was potentially profitable, private-sector organizations such as CSX or Burlington Northern would come and move forward with the project. Another option is to develop ways to better use our existing roads such as creating HOV lanes to encourage people to travel together thereby reducing gas.
We don't need another Amtrak which has to be continually subsidized with taxpayer dollars.
Bill Bunting, Pasco Republican state committeeman, Bayonet Point