INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE

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Lee County Commission’s impact fees reduction policy has resulted in $137 million in lost revenues to date

…and 3 ½  more years of losses to come! By the time the current impact fee reduction ordinance expires in March 2023, the total impact fee revenues lost could be more than a quarter of a billion dollars. Today Lee Future is releasing the latest Quarterly Impact Fee Revenues Report.  This report documents the actual…

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The villages

The Villages Proves Growth Does Not Pay for Itself

An object lesson from The Villages (fastest growing metro area in the U.S.) about the consequences of rapid growth without infrastructure and revenues to pay for it. A reminder that Lee County’s 10-year policy of slashing impact fees on new developments will come home to roost in the not too distant future, and it’s the…

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gridlock, transportation, traffic

Growth vs. Gridlock: A Head-On Collision Ahead

Lee County’s transportation planning and budgeting process has long been a behind-the-scenes staff-controlled process that is incomprehensible to the average citizen. As a result, there is no effort to educate the public about how either the “big picture” or the “local impact” on transportation works and how citizens can have a voice in the process….

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impact fee reduction, impact fees

County Commission’s Impact Fee Reduction Policy Loses County Millions of Dollars

Lee County Commission’s impact fee reduction policy has resulted in $127 million in lost revenues to date – and almost 4 more years of losses to come! The current impact fee reduction ordinance expires in March 2023. By that time, the total impact fee revenues lost could be more than a quarter billion dollars. Today,…

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sprawl, cost of sprawl

The Cost of Sprawl to Lee County Residents

Someone wants to build a big new development out in the middle of nowhere in Lee County. As a Lee County taxpayer and resident, why should you care? Easy… because that new development will cost you money. Money needed to build or expand infrastructure to accommodate these new residents. Money lost in traffic tie-ups, property…

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County Commissioners Suggest Reducing the Already Frail School Budget

Have you ever wondered how Lee County’s rapid growth and development is affecting the County’s school budget? Over the past 15 years, the School District of Lee County has grown from about 71,000 students to 93,000 – an increase of 22,000 students (31%). The student population is (and is projected to continue) growing at about…

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transportation, transporting funding

Inadequate Transportation Funding and the Debt it Causes

Every day we experience and read about the increasing traffic congestion and dangers on Lee County roadways. We hear the Commissioners blame others (including municipalities) for causing the congestion, telling us all the great things they’re doing to address the problem and their grandiose future plans (e.g. flyovers), creating the impression that relief is on…

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Lee County’s Growth & Its Need for Full Impact Fees

Rapid population growth in Lee County has been with us for decades. Starting from a population of 105,000 in 1970, it has now grown to 714,000 in 2018 – a six-fold increase. Since 2010, Lee County has added 135,000 new residents; the equivalent of 16,875 people per year. And the population growth is projected to…

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fort myers, lee county

Lee County is Growing So Fast & We Are Losing the Quality of Life

Lee Future believes in a better Lee County and is fighting for a sustainable future and high quality of life. Charlotte Newton, a longtime community leader and citizen member of the News-Press Editorial Board, penned a commentary in February which highlights the threats to our quality of life caused by the County Commissioners’ current policies…

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