Lee County commissioners could give doctors a break on impact fees

What: Lee County commissioners impact fee discussion

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

Where: 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers

— Doctors in Lee County may soon be getting some financial aid.

Commissioners will decide on a plan Tuesday that could give doctors a break on fees charged when building a new building or moving into an existing office space.

It’s a move to boost the still struggling economy similar to programs initiated by Collier County and Bonita Springs as well as more than a dozen other counties and cities around the state.

Impact fees are used to pay for increased traffic generated by new offices. Doctors offices are considered to generate some of the highest traffic and thus face some of the biggest fees.

Mary Gibbs, director of the county’s community development department, will recommend medical office impact fees be reduced by about two-thirds to what those building general office space pay.

Doctors now pay $24,400 for a 1,000-square-foot space compared with $7,400 for general office space.

The reduced fees program could run for two years and could benefit other business owners as well.

Businesses bringing a more intense use to an office space have to pay a change-of-use impact fee, but the new program calls for waiving that fee.

Commissioners will also decide on whether or not to approve two industrial development authority bonds.

The first bond calls for $30 million to build a 205,000 square-foot health care supply distribution center on 23 acres at 2727 Winkler Ave.

The second bond for $27 million would be used to build a 4-story, 400-bed dormitory on the Edison State College campus at 8099 College Parkway.

The federal bond applicants are vetted through the development authority and receive final approval from commissioners.

The county is not financially responsible for the bonds.

Connect with Tara E. McLaughlin at www.naplesnews.com/staff/tara-mclaughlin/

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