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Dade City weighs $1,900 in new home impact fees

Commissioners on Tuesday consider raising transportation impact fees by about $1,000 and adding an $892 parks fee.

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 7, 2002

DADE CITY -- Impact fees -- money home builders pay up front to offset the cost of growth -- will be the topic of discussion Tuesday when City Commissioners take on two proposals that could add nearly $1,900 to the cost of a new home in the city.

One, a $998.25 increase in the transportation impact fee, already has generated positive comments from commissioners. The other, a new $892 parks fee, has not.

In January, commissioners instructed staff to review the $500 transportation fee the city has been charging. The fee, commissioners said, was far below what other nearby governments are charging, and a higher fee could help pay for new roads.

The county charges $2,167. Zephyrhills set its rate at $1,500, commissioners said. The results of the city staff's review is scheduled for presentation to commissioners at the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

The proposed new fee, increased to $1,498.25, is calculated using a formula that includes estimated vehicle trips generated per new home, road capacity, and construction costs. The fee would be adjusted for commercial development, mobile homes and apartments.

The other fee due for consideration is a proposal from Pasco County.

The county has offered to help split the cost of a $120,000 skateboard park if the city adopts a parks and recreation impact fee identical to the county's $892 fee.

One commissioner, Bill Dennis, has indicated there might not be support for such a fee. The city currently does not charge a parks fee for new construction.

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