Santa Rosa passes school impact fees

Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted 4-1 Jan. 9 in favor of implementing a roughly $5,000 impact fee on new home construction to fund future schools.

Commissioner Bob Cole was the lone dissenting vote on the board.

For more than a year, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick and the school board have been pursuing an impact fee to cover the continued mounting costs of student population growth in Santa Rosa County.

Following the completion of a state-mandated study, the school district petitioned the commissioners to pass an ordinance to implement the fee. With Thursday’s vote, the new law is implemented.

Members of the Home Builders Association of West Florida have adamantly opposed impact fees, while some citizen groups have spoken in favor of the fees.

Commissioners are currently considering an additional impact fee for transportation and other infrastructure needs.

The passed fees are:

  • $5,000 for single family
  • $4,000 for mobile home
  • $2,750 for multifamily

Fees will be due at the time of issuing building permits.

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