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An impact fee is typically a one-time payment imposed by a local government on a property developer. The fee is meant to offset the financial impact a new development places on public infrastructure. Public infrastructure includes roads, schools, parks, recreational facilities, water and sewerage, among other services.
Representative Bret Hague sponsored a bill that limited impact fees to no more than 12.5% in a given year and no more than 50% over a four-year period. Governor DeSantis signed the bill into law. Brett Hage is Vice President for Residential Development for The Villages.
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It happened in 2004. Some political experts argued that having Sumter County Commissioners selected through an at-large voting method could leave residents who live outside The Villages without a voice in their county. That is exactly what happened. It was sold as a tool to unite the county. Instead, it divided the county.
The population of The Villages retirement community became the majority of the voters in the county, leaving the county natives and other retirement communities in the minority.
In January, by a vote of 3 to 2, Sumter County commissioners decided to place a referendum on the August 2022 ballot that, if approved, would elect commissioners by district voters instead of at large.
You can read more about this vote here: