July 27, 2021

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County and Gardens warring over transportation fees from developers

A clash between Palm Beach County and the city of Palm Beach Gardens over financing transportation projects came to a head this month after county commissioners considered a proposal that would have allowed the county administrator to place liens on land owned by developers whose county road impact fees hadn’t been turned over by the city.

County officials say that as of November, they are out $1.5 million in impact fees, which should have been collected and remitted by the city on behalf of the county. They are concerned that more dollars could be directed away from the county as the city’s mobility fee, similar to the impact fee, has been in effect for more than a year.

Since voters approved the measure in 1988, developers pay a road impact fee to the county, which in turn is spent on projects associated with growth in the development’s region, such as expanding existing roads or building new ones. Palm Beach County has collected $32 million in impact fees from Palm Beach Gardens between 2003 and 2018 but spent $42 million on projects in the city, said County Administrator Verdenia Baker.