May 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

HABITAT FOR HUMILIATION

Habitat for Humiliation
  

Lake County Commissioners
Run Habitat for Humanity Out of the Community

The leadership and board for Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida released an official statement (click here to view statement) as to their decision to move all new home construction from Lake County to Sumter County.  It is a sad day when one of the nation’s most influential non-profit organizations can no longer do business in Lake County because of government fees.  Lake County’s political leadership is failing working families, the poor, and senior citizens by its overreach in impact fees and taxes.

This is yet another clear-cut message to prospective businesses that Lake County is not a place to do business and it reinforces the anti-business sentiment fostered by Commissioners Jimmy Conner, Welton Cadwell, and Sean Parks.  Business capital and investment will go where it is welcomed and it is clear when Lake County government runs Habitat for Humanity out of the community that businesses should beware.

From the huge 13.8 percent property tax increase and some of the highest impact fees in the state, to a bureaucratic attitude that creates a death by code mentality, Lake County has a real reputation in crisis.  Commissioners Conner, Cadwell, and Parks have been a voting block on every bad decision in Lake County and now the chickens have come home to roost.  It is absolutely humiliating to Lake County that Habitat for Humanity had to make this decision.  This action clearly shows the negative fallout these impact fees are having on working families.

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May 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Lake County’s Impact Fees Push Habitat to Sumter County

Lake County’s Impact Fees
Push Habitat to Sumter County

Habitat Home under Construction

Jimmy Conner Refuses to Help Out the Veterans Village Project

Kent Adcock, the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida, announced in an interview during the “Around the House” radio show aired on WLBE My790AM that his group will no longer plan any new home construction in Lake County because of the high impact fees.  Once the already planned Habitat homes in Lake County are completed all new home construction by Habitat will be constructed in Sumter County, unless the impact fees have been prepaid for a project in Lake County.

“Our board has decided that unless something changes about impact fees, we will move all new home construction to Sumter County,” said Kent Adcock.  He then cited a real example as to why the local Habitat for Humanity board made this decision.  Adcock went on to say, “We are building a four bedroom home right now in Bushnell in Sumter County and the impact fees were a little over $3,000.  We are building the exact same four bedroom home in downtown Eustis and the impact fees are $17,000.”

According to Adcock, the Habitat house in Eustis has $14,000 more in impact fees and the fees represent 20 percent of the home’s total cost.  “It is not financially viable for affordable housing in Lake County,” said Adcock.  He complained about the inequity of Lake County’s impact fees, because the fees are the same for a $500,000 house as they would be for a $100,000 house.  He predicts lower income, working people who support Lake County’s service industry will be forced to move out of the area.

Habitat for Humanity is the nation’s largest private builder and their mission is provide decent, affordable housing to working families who are unable to qualify for a home without assistance.  Habitat does not provide free or low income housing but rather a chance for a homeowner to invest “sweat-equity” in the construction of their home along with volunteers who help these families achieve their dreams.  Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization, which offers a hand up instead of a handout.  Their reputation both locally and nationally as champions for working families is beyond reproach.

Lake County Commissioner Jimmy Conner Led the Opposition against Affordable Housing

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida’s quest for impact fee relief for affordable housing and inclusion in Lake County’s $2 million affordable housing program met stiff opposition from Commissioner Jimmy Conner.  Multiple sources told Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. that Commissioner Conner opposed Lake County impact fee waivers for Habitat’s Veterans Village in Leesburg, forcing the group to relocate the project to Umatilla, where impact fees were already paid.

Lake County does not have an affordable housing program and it appears that Commissioner Conner has staked out a position against working families, the poor, and veterans.  For Conner to oppose impact fee relief for a project that would help low income and homeless veterans demonstrates government greed at its worst.

Call Lake County Commissioner Jimmy Conner today and ask him why he doesn’t support affordable housing for working families, the poor, and veterans.  Call him at 352-874-7892 or 352-343-9850.

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