Lake County could face school impact fees

If some Lake County School Board members get their way, folks building new homes in Lake County will pay nine thousand dollars plus in school impact fees.

    Lake County is booming, and growth is expected to skyrocket with the new Wekiva Parkway and a new turnpike interchange in Clermont.

      School Board member Roseanne Brandenburg says, "The study we got back Monday night shows we have a 3% shortfall in available classrooms for elementary school students."

     It's called an impact fee, and it only applies to new builds not in 55 and over communities.

     School impact money can only be used to build new schools, which board members say are desperately needed especially in the southern part of the county.

   Brandenburg says, "To construct a new elementary school, would be about 20 million dollars when you factor in the cost of the land and building of the school."

   That means even if school board members decide next month to ask county commissioners to approve the full 100% impact fee of 9,324 dollars, a lot of new homes have to be built to reach 20 million.

    Right now the fee is 77-hundred dollars.

    But naysayers wonder if costing folks more to build would hinder growth?

     School board member Stephanie Luke says no.

     She says, "I think when people look at coming to Lake County, they want to see good schools."

    The school board votes July 13 th on what to ask for and then Lake County Commissioners will either approve or not this fall.

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