Blue Collar Conservatives of Citrus County Explains Why Impact Fees Matter

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Blue Collar Conservatives of Citrus County

Why does it matter if impact fees are increased?

It should matter to you, the blue collar worker, who works hard for your dollar. With impact fees
there is always a chain reaction: if you make it more expensive to build here, people will be less likely to come here at all, which would affect the economy of the county greatly, including your family and their potential earnings. The more jobs we bring in to Citrus County by keeping the taxes low, the
more people will stay here to spend their hard earned money instead of driving north or south to
shop. When you are driving around the county take a look at the homes and businesses being built.

In the past few years since impact fees were suspended, there have been new homes built, a new
apartment complex, a new assisted living facilities, and new businesses. All of these create new jobs
and revenue into our county without impact fees, imagine them not being here if we had Impact Fees.
Our goal as a community is to grow and thrive but we can’t do that if impact fees limit the growth,
because the truth is spending dollars are leaving the county and businesses need the right incentives
to jump start building. Citrus County has the potential to have some of the same businesses that our
residents drive to Ocala and Spring Hill to enjoy. Those opportunities will create more jobs and
business for us, but with impact fees in place those businesses are less likely to come. Businesses,
both local and corporations, would be a positive impact on our county. No matter what your job is, if
impact fees are passed it will affect you. Blue collar workers like plumbers, builders and electricians
would have less jobs. Retail workers would have less people coming into their stores to shop. We are
the voice of the blue collar worker here in Citrus County and we want you to know how this will affect
you.

Additionally we want you to consider that if there are more people living on your street then you
would share the maintenance costs with more people, meaning that your taxes would be lower and
the cost of living would be lower. Bringing new homes to our area would be a win for everyone in the
county. There has been a lot of talk about the roads in Citrus Springs and the fact that they have 25%
of our residential roads, but there roads need to be repaved. Most of the lots are empty and the more
people who use that land to build houses, the more populated the area is, and therefore more
revenue meaning that the roads would have a better maintenance schedule.

In the past, some of our county leaders have incorrectly used impact fees as an additional source of
revenue. That money should have been spent to improve the areas impacted by heavier flows of
traffic. Our county’s budget has continuously grown without impact fees proving that we don’t need
them. We have a chance to voice our opinions to them about how we want our hard earned money
spent. We want to create the most opportunities for you, the blue collar citizen, who often is
forgotten and we know the higher costs of living affect you the most. We, the Citrus County Blue
Collar Conservatives, are a nonpartisan group to educate citizens, support free market policy, and
speak out on inappropriate taxation and spending within the Citrus County government. That is why
we are fighting against impact fees that would not only hurt you but our county as a whole.

If you are against impact fees please call your local county commissioner at 352-341-6560 and tell
them to keep the moratorium on impact fees in place.

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