The Hernando County Commission continues to be fiscally irresponsible and leaves millions on the table for existing taxpayers to pay.
The school system wants to increase impact fees by approximately $4,000 per new home to meet the future demand for classrooms, based upon developments that have been approved and continue to be approved by the Commission. As just one example, approving Sterling Hill Phase IV adds 224 homes that could provide the school system with an additional $900,000 for building new classrooms, based upon anticipated demand.
There is no reason to continue to subsidize the building industry and the new homeowners by not charging the current level of dollars necessary to fund the required expansion of schools.
If the County Commission does not raise the school impact fees, then we — the current residents — will be left to pick up the tab, because the school board will have no choice but to raise the school tax.
We, the current residents, already are picking up the tab for other required infrastructure for new development with the recent 14-percent property tax increase, the water and sewer fees increase, etc.
The tired argument that any increase to impact fees will hurt growth and building in Hernando County is false. Increasing impact fees will not hurt the building industry as evidenced by the explosive growth in Pasco County. Their impact fees are almost triple the impact fees in Hernando County. With record low interest rates, record low unemployment rates and record high stock market rates, the demand for new homes continues.
The County Commission needs to start being the fiscally responsible Republicans they claim to be and bring the impact fees to 2019 levels. Stop leaving millions of dollars on the table from the new growth and pushing those costs onto the existing residents of the county.
Anne Kraus-Keenan, Spring Hill
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Commissioner Steve Champion’s bid to make Hernando County a Second Amendment Sanctuary and announce an unsubstantiated claim that Democrats are going to take away citizens’ guns serves one purpose: personal gain through gun sales at his pawn shop.
It’s common knowledge that other times when ideas of further gun control legislation was in the air, the sale of guns accelerated proportionally.
Robert Rosenberger, Spring Hill
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