It’s Their Fault!
The New School Impact Fees Target the Working Poor!
They’re Targeting Working Poor Families
Probably even more insidious with these new impact fees is their attack on housing for the working poor. Most working poor families must live in an apartment or a mobile home because they cannot afford a down payment. These politicians believe the working poor don’t pay their fair share and they are deliberately targeting them. The total impact fees on an apartment building is increasing to $8,835 per unit—a whopping 60% increase! Every person that lives in an apartment in Lake County will see their rents skyrocket, because at these numbers it will not be affordable to build new units.
Mobile homes are getting hit the hardest. Yes, these are homes for many of the working poor and seniors on fixed incomes. They are more than doubling the school impact fees on mobile homes. It will cost an unimaginable $10,095 in total impact fees to place a mobile home on a lot. Along with government building fees and hookup fees, a mobile home owner will pay the government a third of the mobile home’s value. In fact, for most mobile homes the impact fees will cost more than the lot!
Keep in mind, the rich don’t live in apartments and mobile homes—these impact fees are strictly targeting working people, seniors, and the poor.
Only two politicians opposed these impact fees—Commissioners Leslie Campione and Tim Sullivan. The rest have sold out every working person and poor family in Lake County.
Commissioners Jimmy Conner, Welton Cadwell and Sean Parks—School Board Members Bill Mathias, Debbie Stivender, Rosanne Brandeburg, Marc Dodd, and Stephanie Luke—It’s Their Fault! Get to know their names and faces, and don’t ever forget what they did to you on Tuesday.
For Everyone Who Works in Lake County’s Construction and Related Industries:
When you lose your job—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t find work—It’s Their Fault!
When your hours are cut—It’s Their Fault!
When your business closes—It’s Their Fault!
When your pay is cut—It’s Their Fault!
When you have to travel outside of Lake County to find work—It’s Their Fault!
For the Working Poor in Lake County:
When your rent gets jacked up 15% or more—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t find a decent, affordable place to rent—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t afford to put a mobile home on your family’s land—It’s Their Fault!
When you can’t afford to pay for housing for your family—It’s Their Fault!
When Habitat for Humanity can’t build homes for the poor—It’s Their Fault!
For the Businesses in Lake County:
When the construction guys stop eating at your restaurant—It’s Their Fault!
When construction workers don’t have the money to buy your products—It’s Their Fault!
When people and their money relocate to Sumter and Marion Counties—It’s Their Fault!
For Everyone in Lake County:
When your property values plunge because no new homes are built- It’s Their Fault!
When you see more homeless families in Lake County—It’s Their Fault!
When builders stop building and they jack up your property taxes again—It’s Their Fault!
Finally—for the 2,600 students in Lake County Schools who are homeless with the third highest impact fee—when it goes to the highest and about a 1,000 more students are added—It’s Their Fault!
Here is Your Call to Action!
- Share, email, and print this information out to make sure every working person that depends on the construction industry knows the names and faces of all of these politicians. It is time they are held accountable.
- Confront these Politicians everywhere you see them about what they just did to you and your family. We will soon be releasing complete contact information for each one of them. Let them know when something bad happens to you—It’s Their Fault!
- Protest this unfair and unreasonable increase in impact fees by voting Against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum on November 3, 2015. It’s time they hear from the silent majority! Do what you must to vote early, vote with an absentee ballot, or vote on November 3rd. Drag your family and friends to the polls. The best way to send a message to this greedy bunch of politicians is by voting Against the Penny Sales Tax. This will get their attention!
On November 3, 2015, Vote Against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum (Penny Sales Tax Renewal), because the ordinance is badly written, and you don’t want to give the politicians a blank check. Let’s make them do it right—the ordinance should only be used for new schools, roads, and utilities while protecting Lake County taxpayers and workers.
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