County governments in Florida are having a rough time budgeting money for the coming year as I’m sure most local and state governments are throughout the country. The economy is falling apart all over. Where I live there was a huge housing boom a few short years ago. We were considered to be a bedroom community because we are so close to a pretty new highway that leads to Tampa.
This area has good schools, communities, libraries, a low crime rate and was considered to be an excellent place to raise a family. Now there are houses for sale everywhere you look. The problem is those houses sit unsold for years. Too many end up in foreclosure which is ruining our property values and raising our taxes.
What does our county government propose to do to raise money? They are considering lowering the impact fees so that more new homes can be built. They believe that bringing back home building will boost the economy by producing more jobs.
What are they considering cutting? The only public transportation we have. A bus service which is used by many people who cannot drive due to disabilities. Other riders include people who are in low paying jobs and can’t afford cars or gas, the elderly who no longer drive and other people who have never driven.
Does that make any sense at all?