Lee County commissioners delay decision on impact fee moratorium

Lee County commissioners will have a public hearing this morning on a proposed 2-year moratorium on impact fees.

School board representatives have already requested the school district be exempt from the moratorium. Currently the fire districts are exempt.

Impact fees are imposed on new construction and used to cover the cost construction and expansion have on a community. The fees help pay for schools, roads, parks and emergency services. Typically builders cover the fee, passing the fee onto their clients.

Commissioner John Manning is spearheading the issue in an effort to spur new growth. He believes temporarily eliminating the fees will increase construction in Lee County. Commissioners Larry Kiker and Cecil Pendergass have signaled that they are supportive of the proposal.

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