Hillsborough reconsiders use of school impact fee issue

01/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The Hillsborough County Commission deferred ruling on the use of school impact fees to be used for transportation improvements.

Commission Chairman Ken Hagen said he had concerns about how it would actually work out and he says the county should try to work out an amicable solution with the School Board. This was after Hillsborough Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia wrote to the commission saying that using impact fees to build new roads was wrong and possibly illegal.

Commissioner Jim Norman said he was glad to hear that the two sides had ended their war of words. But in defending the county, he insisted that the School Board hasn’t taken the financial hit that the county government has.

Norman defended the Commission’s plan to use impact fee money to improve roads around new schools. He said if the board hadn’t chosen to act, a moratorium on construction could be considered in effect.

Citizen Terri Flott told commissioners they were doing the right thing.

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