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Palm Coast Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020 6 months ago

City considers raising impact fee for parks and recreation

The fee is currently $849 per residential dwelling unit, including a $576 discount. The city is considering increasing it to $1,550.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Palm Coast's Parks and Recreation impact fee — fees paid to the city by developers on new construction—  is currently $849 per residential dwelling unit, including a $576 discount, and was last reviewed in 2014.

But the city is considering raising it, so that new development pays a greater share of the cost of city parks and recreation amenities, relative to existing taxpayers.

City staff gave an initial presentation to the City Council on Jan. 14 about a possible increase to $1,550 per unit, then provided another presentation during the council's workshop on March 10, saying the increased revenue would help fund new amenities and maintenance on the city's existing ones.

Maintenance and operation of facilities like the Indian Trails Sports Complex, Mayor Milissa Holland, is expensive, and the amenities are heavily used. 

"I think having it balanced out like this really addresses the issue of the capital costs initially, how we add amenities to our community, how we grow, and then we balance that — the growth — with our ongoing budget annually, "  said. 

Between the two meetings, staff held a public meeting on the topic and met with the Flagler Home Builders Association.

The public meeting drew 38 attendees, city staff members told City Council in a presentation during the March 10 workshop.


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