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Home builders prevail in impact fee case

| Staff Reporters

Validating its assertions that Santa Rosa County’s school impact fee was inaccurately calculated and legally flawed, the Home Builders Association of West Florida and 11 additional plaintiffs applaud the Jan. 15, 2022, decision by Circuit Court Judge Darlene Dickey to issue Summary Final Judgment in their favor.

The ordinance by the Board of County Commissioners in support of new funding for the School Board of Santa Rosa County went into effect May 1, 2020, with impact fees of $5,000 on each new home permitted in the county, $4,000 for each mobile home, and $2,750 for each multi-family dwelling.

Cousins Lillie Mears, left, Maddie Mears and Kori Grace Trainer run back and forth between their grandparents’ house and the home recently purchased by Kaitlyn Hartshorn, who is Lillie’s mom and the other two girls’ aunt.


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