Massaro upset with impact fee delays, negotiations

School Board member Cheryl Massaro said it’s time ‘to let the chips fall where they may.’

School Board member Cheryl Massaro. File photo.
School Board member Cheryl Massaro. File photo.
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School Board member Cheryl Massaro voiced her displeasure with the County Commission’s delay of the board’s latest school impact fee proposal as well as negotiations with the Flagler Home Builders Association.

After meetings with county staff and FHBA representatives, the Board lowered its proposed impact fee increase. But the commission, scheduled to vote on the proposal Feb. 21, delayed the vote for another month. The FHBA said it still had issues related to the proposal.

“I’m extremely disappointed about impact fees being delayed another month,” Massaro said at the board’s March 1 agenda workshop. “We have bent over backward to meet the needs of a special interest group, and now they want more. I’ve just had it. We tried. We’ve worked with them and it’s still not enough. … This is getting ridiculous. I know we negotiated in very good faith. Enough is enough. The time has come where we put this on the county commissioners’ shoulders and let the chips fall where they may.”

Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt said conversations with the FHBA are continuing, and if there is an agreement, she will present it to the board.

“Otherwise we’re staying the course,” Mittelstadt said.

The proposal has been added to the commission’s March 21 agenda.


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