County approves school district’s impact fee requests

County approves school district’s impact fee requests

By Michael D. Bates Chronicle Reporter Mar 13, 2024

County commissioners unanimously signed off on impact fee funding for the Citrus County School District’s updated list of growth-related capital projects listed in its five-year work plan.

The school district submitted the following updated list of projects, with the amount to be funded through impact fee reimbursements:

Floral City Elementary School: kitchen and cafeteria expansion’s remaining projected cost is $1.47 million; new classroom wing project: $4.07 million; new Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Program wing: $2.29 million.

Crystal River Middle School: a traffic circulation and parent pickup expansion project: $312,500.

Inverness Middle School: traffic circulation and parent pickup expansion project: $312,500.

Citrus High School/Inverness Primary School: traffic circulation and parent pickup expansion project: $937,500.

Marine Science Station: dedicated fiber-wide area network project: projected funding from impact fees is $200,000.

Impact fees are one-time charges on new construction to help pay for the infrastructure – roads, schools, law enforcement, parks, etc. – that growth necessitates.

School officials rely on impact fee revenue to pay for infrastructure and facility improvements necessitated by growth.

Janet Barek, government watchdog and Citrus County Commission candidate, objected to the $7 million plus impact fee revenue going to Floral City Elementary “for supposedly needed repairs.”

Barek said the need is greater in Citrus Springs schools, which she called overcrowded.

“If the school board comes forward with, I’m certain, with (School District Growth Management Department Director Chuck Dixon’s) input, on where they need to have funding to expand capacity in their school system, I have 100 percent faith and trust in the information that he presents to the board and ultimately what they bring forward to us in terms of where those funds and resources need to go,,”

Commissioner Jeff Kinnard said.


Janet Barek | Citrus County Florida | Commissioner candidate for District 3

Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at mbates@chronicleonline.com.

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