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Wakulla County School Impact Fee

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I am not sure I would want to build a new house now in Wakulla County. Maybe I just dont understand. Maybe this happens in all countys.

Impact Fee

From WCTV website

"School Impact Fee in Wakulla Reporter: Valerie Lacy

1-17-07

If you want to build a new home in Wakulla County, be prepared to dig deep into your pockets. Last night Wakulla County commissioners unanimously passed a school impact fee worth $6,000.

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Jay Culley, Southern Homes Director, said, "It's, well, it's huge. It makes a difference in someone buying or not buying. I mean, they certainly can't afford it. It will be huge in the smaller market."

The county is planning another impact fee which some say could raise the cost of a new home by twelve thousand dollars.

George Green, Wakulla County Commissioner, says the school impact fee will be phased in over the next few years."

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Impact fees are quite common around the state for new construction. We moved here from Osceola county in central Florida where the impact fee is now $10K. In neighboring Orange County (Orlando) it is $12K. That is total impact fee including schools, parks, roads, etc.

I should also mention the builder pays the fee so it is already built into the price of a new home if you are shopping around.

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I don't understand. I mean what's the point in impact fees besides higher prices for brand new houses. Is it a way to control growth? I don't think I would like to build a home in Wakulla either.

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I was wondering. They talked to people in Wakulla Cty on the news and they were just worried about the prices of the houses going up.

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I don't understand. I mean what's the point in impact fees besides higher prices for brand new houses. Is it a way to control growth? I don't think I would like to build a home in Wakulla either.

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My question is, is the $6 or 8 thousand dollars they speak of an across the board tax or does it vary according to the value of the property. It would seem more reasonable to make this fee a percentage on the value of the property.

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Typically it is a flat fee and not proportional to the cost of the home. The idea being a family of 4 living in a $100K house has the same impact on schools and roads as a family of 4 living in a $500K house.

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