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Largo okays fee for developers for parks and rec

LARGO — Commissioners preliminarily set a rate for a fee for residential development for purchasing parkland and building new recreation facilities.

At a meeting Tuesday, commissioners voted 6-0, with Commissioner Samantha Fenger absent, to set rates at $2,046 for single-family homes, $1,319 per unit for multi-family projects, $1,124 for mobile homes and $874 per unit for congregate care.

Commissioners will also vote on a separate ordinance on how they want to phase in the fee, which will go into effect Jan. 1 after a four-year moratorium. They decided at Tuesday's meeting to set the rate in the first year at half the maximum, or $1,023 for singe-family, $659 for multi-family, $562 for mobile homes and $437 for congregate care.

Development in the city's community redevelopment areas will be exempt from the fee. The final vote on the rate is Tuesday during the regular commission meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Commissioners will vote on the phase-in rate in October.