POSTED: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 3:30PM

Click Here to View Ordinance #15-14 – Marion County’s Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance for New Construction, Effective January 1, 2017 

UPDATE: By unanimous vote today at the 2PM public hearing held by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on the question of a reinstatement of the County’s Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance, the BCC decided to delay the reinstatement of transportation impact fees until January 1, 2017.  This decision was handed down following the Board’s ongoing discussion on the subject and reflects the BCC’s desire to seek an alternative sustainable funding system that would be broad based, not stifle economic growth, is diverse, and would not negatively impact only one industry area. A key decision by the BCC today concluded that transportation impact fees imposed on new construction alone is not a sustainable solution to funding the County’s long-term transportation infrastructure needs. This decision was based on the facts that the local economy is still recovering and that construction financing is still a challenge with a significant number of projects (both commercial and residential) struggling to appraise without the burden of exorbitant impact fees.

The Marion County Building Industry Association congratulates the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on its continuing efforts to strengthen our local economy and we offer our support to the BCC and County Staff in successfully attaining a funding system that offers an equatable balance of assuring for our community’s future transportation needs while enabling a healthy, vibrant and growing local economy to exist.

For further information, contact:  David Harden, Executive Officer or call the MCBIA at 352-694-4133

 

 

 

UPDATE: Plan to attend the BCC Hearing on Tuesday, Sept 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The Marion County Board of County Commissioners is holding this public hearing to adopt the County’s Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance. This meeting will be held at the Board of County Commissioners Auditorium at the McPherson Government Complex on SE 25th Avenue.

Following the last BCC workshop on the subject of Transportation Impact Fees, the MCBIA joined with other industry interest to gather a comprehensive and diverse consortium of stakeholders to evaluate and discuss the reinstatement of impact fees and other options for funding transportation infrastructure. This group convened twice to discuss a broad-ranging funding system that would not stifle growth, is diverse, and does not impact only one industry area. Key assumptions were agreed to in the first meeting that include: Impact fees alone are not a solution to transportation infrastructure funding; The local economy is still recovering; Construction financing is still a challenge with a significant number of projects (both commercial and residential) struggling to appraise.

A comprehensive presentation from this group of community stakeholders (including comments from the MCBIA) was presented to the Board of County Commissioners and they have listened!

Your attendance in support of this ordinance is crucial! Please plan to attend.
Questions? Contact  David Harden or call the MCBIA at 352-694-4133

 

UPDATE: Tuesday May 5, 2015 – MEETING SUMMARY

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners held a workshop for a continuing public discussion of a reinstatement of the County’s Transportation Impact Fee.

In preparing for today’s workshop and as requested by the BCC (at its last impact fee workshop held on March 24th), the MCBIA joined with other industry interest (including the CEP and OMCAR) to gather a comprehensive and diverse consortium of stakeholders to evaluate and discuss the reinstatement of impact fees and other options for funding transportation infrastructure. This group convened twice to discuss a broad-ranging funding system that would not stifle growth, is diverse, and does not impact only one industry area. Key assumptions were agreed to in the first meeting that include: Impact fees alone are not a solution to transportation infrastructure funding; The local economy is still recovering; construction financing is still a challenge with a significant number of projects (both commercial and residential) struggling to appraise. This group of stakeholders presented its written findings to the BCC at today’s workshop.

Following the stakeholder presentation and after further discussion and comments from the public, County consultant, County Attorney, and County Staff, the BCC directed County staff to work with the County Attorney and the County’s Transportation Consultant to ensure that there’s a reasonable “nexus” for the discounted percentages that were recommended today by the stakeholder group regarding a discounting of the initial impact fees at the point of reinstatement.  County Staff was also directed by the BCC to draft an impact fee ordinance that will be presented and discussed at a future BCC public hearing to be scheduled at the next BCC meeting.  Additionally, the BCC discussed the proposed change of the impact fee benefit districts (from the present two districts to four districts as was recommended by the County Consultant), however based on the County Attorney’s recommendation that the use of impact fees legally needs to demonstrate that such fee use must directly benefit the property which paid the impact fee, the general consensus was to maintain the four districts so as to comply with the benefiting use requirement.  The BCC set a target date of January 2016 for a resumption of the collection of the transportation impact fees at the initial fee rates presented in the Chamber and Economic Partnership’s (CEP) stakeholder letter of recommendations.

Before adjourning, the BCC discussed the two additional funding options (other than impact fees on new construction) as was recommended  by the stakeholder letter – one option being the use of a presently unused transportation ad valorem tax, which there was not much interest by the BCC to pursue. The second option is the levying a discretionary sales surtax for infrastructure, roadways and other economic development projects, which all five commissioners seemed to favor.  As this tax would require voter (referendum) approval, Commissioner McClain suggested that discretionary sale tax referendum should be tied to specific transportation projects and said he would bring back to the BCC a list of potential projects to be included for discussion at the next commission meeting.  Commissioner McClain also directed County staff to send the CEP the draft of the ordinance for distribution to the stakeholders.

Our thanks go out to our association members and our community partners who participated and provided their valuable input and support to this process.  For further information, contact David Harden, Executive Officer or call him directly at (352) 804-9318.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday May 5, 2015 – MCBIA MEMBER CALL TO ACTION !!!

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM, the Marion County Board of County Commissioners will meet to hold a workshop for an IMPORTANT public discussion of a reinstatement of the County’s Transportation Impact Fee. This meeting will be held at the Board of County Commissioners Auditorium at the McPherson Government Complex on SE 25th Avenue.

Following the last BCC workshop of March 24th on the subject of Transportation Impact Fees, the MCBIA joined with other industry interest to gather a comprehensive and diverse consortium of stakeholders to evaluate and discuss the reinstatement of impact fees and other options for funding transportation infrastructure. This group convened twice to discuss a broad-ranging funding system that would not stifle growth, is diverse, and does not impact only one industry area. Key assumptions were agreed to in the first meeting that include: Impact fees alone are not a solution to transportation infrastructure funding; The local economy is still recovering; Construction financing is still a challenge with a significant number of projects (both commercial and residential) struggling to appraise.

A comprehensive presentation from this group of community stakeholders (including comments from the MCBIA) will be presented next Tuesday May 5th at 2:00 PM to the Board of County Commissioners. Your attendance in support of this initiative is crucial! Please plan to attend. Questions? Contact David Harden or call the MCBIA at 352-694-4133

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – My thanks to all of our MCBIA members and industry supporters for attending today’s discussion forum on transportation impact fees. Judging from the reaction to the options we presented, I believe that our members and the those from the business community who attended today’s forum now have a better understanding on the subject and that we all share the belief that we have an opportunity to pursue the right options for funding our future transportation infrastructure needs without jeopardizing our fragile recovery efforts from the worst economic downturn in US history. We hope that you and our following of supporters will attend the next BCC workshop on this issue next Tuesday, May 5th at 2PM at the BCC auditorium at the McPherson Government Complex on SE 25th Avenue to show unified support of the proposal . The MCBIA will continue to post updates on the subject of transportation impact fees on its website at https://mcbia.org/news/ Posted by David Harden, Executive Officer of the MCBIA.

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – MCBIA MEMBER DISCUSSION FORUM AT THE CEP ON TUES. APRIL 28th AT 3:00pm: As a member in good standing, you are cordially invited to attend this important MCBIA member discussion forum to learn more about the proposed reinstatement of transportation impact fees and let your voice be heard on this issue. Your association’s Board of Directors would like to hear from our membership on their ideas and suggestions how our community can best provide a sustainable funding source for future transportation needs in Marion County without burdening the already struggling construction industry as we continue to climb out of the worst economic recession in our country’s history. The MCBIA has worked diligently to keep our members informed on this subject and you can read all of the facts obtained thus far at our website:www.mcbia.org/news.

Do plan on joining us at the Chamber & Economic Partnership located at 310 SE 3rd St, Ocala, FL., next Tuesday, April 28th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM to let your voice be heard and become an active participant on this issue. For further information, contact David Harden, Executive Officer or call him directly at (352) 804-9318.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – The Marion County Board of County Commissioners announced today that the next scheduled workshop for public discussion of a reinstatement of the County’s Transportation Impact Fee will be held on Tuesday, May 5th at 2:00PM at the BCC auditorium at the McPherson Government Complex on SE 25th Avenue. If you are in any way dependent on the local construction industry for your livelihood, you should plan to be here for this meeting. Questions? Contact David Harden or call the MCBIA at 352-694-4133

UPDATE: Monday, April 20, 2015 – At the Transportation Impact Fee Workshop on March 24th, members of the public raised concern that the proposed impact fee structure would be detrimental to the economic future of Marion County as it was suggested that appraisals of new homes are already strained to meet Federal mandated appraisal guidelines and that the transportation impact fee would increase the likelihood that a significant number of new home buyers would not qualify for mortgage financing due to a significant imbalance with appraised values. To address this concern, the BCC requested County Staff to meet with members of the public to discuss alternatives to mitigate this concern. The MCBIA is presently working in conjunction with an impact fee task force assembled by the Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) that is meeting with County Staff in an effort to bring back to the next BCC workshop the alternatives the BCC requested.

For further information contact David Harden at the MCBIA or call (352) 694-4133.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – the MCBIA presented its position letter to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners at its workshop discussing the question of a reinstatement of Transportation Impact Fees.

To read the MCBIA opinion letter click here: MCBIA Position Letter on Proposed Transp. Impact Fees to the BCC 3-24-15

To read the Marion County Transportation Impact Fee Consultant Report (2015 Update) click here: Consultant (Draft) Report

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