On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Lee County Commission unanimously voted to delay consideration of a proposed 2-year suspension of impact fees so that additional information could be provided regarding the effect of such a suspension on the County’s infrastructure budgeting.
Also of concern was the impact on the various municipalities within Lee County and the legal implications to those parties who have received impact fee “credits” for various land donations and improvements. The motion to defer the item, which was made by Commissioner Kiker and approved by the Board at the beginning of the public hearing, included a suggestion that the Board consider a “significant” reduction in impact fees as opposed to a suspension of all fees. Despite the motion for deferral, the Board proceeded to take public input on the proposed suspension for almost two hours.
The Board will take up these issues again at its March 4 Management & Planning meeting and then again at a public hearing on March 12.