Now the rest of the truth. In typical fashion, the Times didn’t get report the whole story (http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/49755/). The article makes it look like Gibbs and Lutz voted against a compromise when they first championed a complete moratorium on the fees.
The “compromise” is nothing more than a delay. Gibbs and Lutz voted against the tax, where “Republicans” Bell, Powell and Oliver voted for the tax! Basically, the thought is that by deferring the fee during the building process is supposed to help,
but the fee still has to be paid!
People don’t get it. They think that this is a tax on the big bad developers. This is a new people tax. The tax is passed along in the price of the house. Worse yet, now if the developer is foreclosed on before the certificate of occupancy is delivered, the bank gets to pay the tax, thus on more risk to the lending institutions.
I bet if you go back and pull the Chairman’s and Commissioner Powell’s old campaign disclosure reports, you will see a bunch of contributions from builders and developers. I wonder how they feel now after being betrayed by the people they helped to elect. I’m thinking the pressure will now be applied. It’s time for the government to get out of the way of industry so they can start generating jobs.
Hugh Hall County Akston