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the most controversial? Fiscal neutrality, of course. On Monday evening, June 30, during a four- hour marathon with around 50 attendees, county Long-Range Planning Manager Allen Parsons explained the concept of fiscal neutrality, the principle that a new neighbor- hood generates enough government revenue through impact fees and taxes to cover any additional burden on county services. One of the county's proposals is to eliminate a 2050 requirement that a developer demonstrate fis- cal neutrality at each phase of construction. Attorney Dan Lobeck, a longtime critic of the move to overhaul 2050, argued that removing those future analyses would allow builders to submit fiscal neutrality reports that may not pan out, leaving taxpayers to foot the bills. "This is pernicious to the extreme," he said. Parsons countered that while a developer will In late May, the County Commission saw a revised proposal for the development of villages under the 2050 plan. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader July 4, 2014 Page 27

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