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Clay County leaders propose fees to accommodate growing population, uphold service standards

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Neighbors in Clay County are weighing in on a proposed set of fees that the county says would help it to accommodate a rapidly growing population.

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A workshop on Monday broke down several impact fees that would cover the expansion of different services to continue to meet the needs of neighbors.

You can view the PowerPoint presentation from that workshop below:

This is a one-time fee from new developments that would be collected at the time the building permit is issued.

For instance, to uphold fire and rescue facilities, the net cost would be $348 per resident.

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You can read more about the impact study below:

During that meeting, Clay County Fire Department’s Fire Chief Lorin L. Mock explained these fees would help it meet its standard response time of no more than eight minutes for a medical call.

Currently, firefighters are expecting medical calls to increase exponentially as more people move in.

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But several neighbors in Fleming Island weighed in, saying these fees need to be further investigated, and that the standards they set need to be more clear.

The Board of County Commissioners will get together again to go over this impact fee study on Dec. 13.

We’ll keep you updated as leaders prepare to reach a final decision.

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You can watch Monday’s full meeting here.