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Now is not the time to suspend impact fees

February 2, 2013

To the editor: Now is not the time to suspend impact fees as Commissioners Frank Mann and Tammy Hall said. Why? The county is out $10 million dollars that we need to run our county....

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johngalt

Feb-02-13 8:14 AM

No branch of local gov’mt. will be pleased to suspend impact fees. These fees are gravy for the fools. A suspension would not reward builders or realtors it would help the taxpayers! Get it?

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KirstenThompson

Feb-02-13 9:21 AM

No, not really, I don't get it. Since the construction industry creates additional impact on infrastructure, the intent of impact fees is to improve, repair and replace infrastructure. They can't stop repairing and repaving roads during the suspension. They can't refuse police and fire service during the suspension. If there are no impact fees coming in to contribute to the increased costs, who pays? The residential ad valorum tax payers, that's who.

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johngalt

Feb-02-13 9:40 AM

So the wise men vote to spend $250,000 on a new SWAT assault vehicle, in Cape Coral (no less). But, suspending impact fees with prevent society from moving forward? In their world view all growth is a negative on the community and can only be justified by more taxes. If you build a multi-tenant commercial building, none of the future jobs, property taxes, new residents, new homes, etc. is factored into the equation. It is only viewed as a burden on local services and should be taxed accordingly. But we need a new SWAT vehicle in Cape Coral???

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1sandy

Feb-02-13 11:38 AM

@johngalt: I heard that the money for the SWAT vehicle comes from money taken away from the bad guys. It was stated so at the Council meeting. That being the case, no TAX dollars are used. Wouldn't it be nice if an old fool like you would take the time to at least listen to the information being discussed at these meetings and then give an educated opinion of what was actually said. But that would be asking & expecting too much.

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charlie66

Feb-02-13 1:27 PM

Since we live in a Conservative area with most elected people being Conservative running and being elected on "NO Taxes"It's evident they all lie to all of us We should have little or no taxes according to thier election SPIN or they are Hypocrytes or a little opf both.

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johngalt

Feb-02-13 4:34 PM

So $250k is only $250k if it comes from taxpayers? The $250k lifted from “bad guys” would not be better spent on more appropriate or necessary items? Soon we’ll have a squadron of drones… wait maybe our own aircraft carrier, sweet.

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johngalt

Feb-03-13 9:21 AM

Impact fees by definition are punitive. This not so clever ruse was sold to us as “growth paying for growth”. As if organic growth is an evil pox on our community. Growth is life. The only segment of our community where growth is cancer like is our local government. Impact fees in Charlotte Co. are a fraction of those in Cape Coral. Coupled with the layers of ordinances, permits, inspections, and shakedowns our fair city is anything but “business friendly”. Impact fees are retroactive property taxes on new growth, its’ simple as that!

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onlythetruth

Feb-04-13 7:12 AM

When one breaks it down into the simplest of terms you can see an impact fee is merely an additional revenue source created to extract additional monies from the public. This is evidenced by the fact that roads, infrastructure, and public safety never stop being an expense. So, you are collecting a "fee" once and claiming that such a fee will pay for the above listed items for the foreseeable future, that is disingenuous. When a house/building is built property taxes are collected that were not collected previously, those are the revenues to be used for the items previously listed. Not an impact fee, impact fees are simply a vehicle to collect more money under the guise they are for infrastucture. If that was the case, Cape's roads would be paved with gold from fees collected during the boom.

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onlythetruth

Feb-04-13 7:12 AM

When one breaks it down into the simplest of terms you can see an impact fee is merely an additional revenue source created to extract additional monies from the public. This is evidenced by the fact that roads, infrastructure, and public safety never stop being an expense. So, you are collecting a "fee" once and claiming that such a fee will pay for the above listed items for the foreseeable future, that is disingenuous. When a house/building is built property taxes are collected that were not collected previously, those are the revenues to be used for the items previously listed. Not an impact fee, impact fees are simply a vehicle to collect more money under the guise they are for infrastucture. If that was the case, Cape's roads would be paved with gold from fees collected during the boom.

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lightswitch

Feb-04-13 10:15 AM

Why are many of the counties in Florida at today's point in time reinstating Impact Fees. We seem to follow after the fact. We seem to have a weakness for throwing out incentives to build, create jobs and the more we give up the greater we are taken advantage of. Recently the debacle in which we had a political "in the know" guy who was the CEO and burnt us for %15 million. The last give a way that we know of was APC who we gave was it $12 million for jobs and they left and went to Ireland with our money. Gee if this is what we do know about how many millions do we not know about? This one deal is half the elusive $30 million the county can not seem to come up with to balance their budget.

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lightswitch

Feb-05-13 11:51 PM

Why doesn't Cape Coral just take its $15 million dollar scrape metal equipment it bought and never used, never sold, have it smelted into 3/4" armor plate, put wheel or a track on it and let us see some real used for the dollars that were mismanaged and stolen from the taxpayers by fools! Better yet buy a bulldozer with a high blade for that instance of storming a house with a bad guy in it. A telescopic gun sight would keep the personnel at a safe distance from pistol packing bad guys!

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