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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