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05/10/2013

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Sarasota News Leader May 10, 2013 Page 28 Jonathan B. Paul, the county's interim trans- Commissioner Nora Patterson cast the lone portation planning director, pointed out that "No" vote on the motion by Commissioner the full rates based on Joe Barbetta, saying, the 2013 data would go "Personally, I think we into effect on Feb. 1, should hold [the fees] It's a little difficult in May of 2013 steady for another 2015 unless the board to be making decisions for May of 2015. took new action. year and then … may- … I'm not sure where the economy On Jan. 16, the board will be … voted to retain its adopted 2011 rates through Jan. 31, 2015 while it awaited the latest data. The existing rates, based on 2007 information, were reduced 50 percent on Jan. 26, 2011 to help developers deal with the economic downturn. However, when the board adopted the fee schedule in March 2007, that was 68 percent of the full rate. Joe Barbetta Commissioner Sarasota County be take a couple of adjustments to bring them up to what they should be." She pointed out that the 2013 rates are lower than the board had expected. Barbetta noted he and Patterson would be going off the board after the elections in November 2014, as a result of term limits. A different As a result of the May 8 vote, staff will pre- commission, he said, would be able to considpare an ordinance that will be advertised for er whether to keep the current fee structure or raise fees. a public hearing. A chart shows the cost per lane-mile for Sarasota County road projects in the current fiscal year. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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