Officials say eliminating fees will spur economic development

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM.

Dorman said the city went above the law’s requirements and also notified other affected departments, including the Okaloosa County School District and the state Department of Transportation of its intent. “We only got one letter and it was from DOT and they said, ‘No comments,’” Dorman said. “That’s a good letter to get.”

When and ordinance amending the city’s comprehensive plan to eliminate concurrency fees was brought up at the council meeting Monday evening, Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. said its approval “would open other doors to look at other ways for the city of Crestview to encourage more industry in the city.”

“Everything the city council is about to do is in the best economic interest of the community,” Dorman said. “It is my personal opinion, and that of most professional economists, that by eliminating this (fee) that the opportunities for the city of Crestview for economic growth and expansion will be magnified.”

Baugh then moved to adopt the ordinance, and with a second by Councilman Thomas Gordon, the vote was unanimous. Dorman asked if a few moments could be taken to sign the ordinance into law so he could send copies to Tallahassee making it official. By statute, the city had 31 days to approve the measure after receiving state approval.

“We’re a step ahead there,” Council President Ben Iannucci III said, indicating City Clerk Betsy Roy already had the documents ready to go.

“These are time sensitive,” Dorman said. “My plan is these will go off to Tallahassee tomorrow. The quicker we get it there, the quicker it becomes effective.”

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