Builders, LBM dealers win one in Central Florida

Lobbying by local builders and lumberyard owners resulted in a one-year moratorium on school-impact fees in Lake County, Fla., according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

Lake County commissioners voted unanimously this week to suspend the collection of the fees -- estimated at $9,324 per single-family house -- until April 1, 2012. The local school board had asked for a six-month moratorium.

The commissioners, who earlier suspended the collection of impact fees to build and improve roads, heard testimony from various members of the construction industry, including Don Magruder, CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply in Leesburg, Fla. Magruder, who chairs a group called Citizens for Better Government, cited the area’s 11.5% unemployment rate in arguing against the education impact fees, which would “[kill] job creation through loss of projects," he said. 

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