date: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM
subject: The Developer Proposed Moratorium on Paying For Sensible Infrastructure.
I just thought I would send a note of alarm and hope your way before tonight's meeting.
As you probably guessed Im writing about this very self serving attempt on the part of several of the Developers to pass yet another 'moratorium' on the Mobility Fee.
After speaking to many of you after the last Moratorium, I realized that it might not be apparent that there is already an exemption to the Mobility Fee built right into the fee itself.
There are actually a number of them. If you build downtown, for example. There is no Mobility Fee. If you build near established transportation corridors, you get a discount. If you reuse an existing building, you get abatements. If you infill you get more credits.
If you build in such a way that uses the infrastructure that we have already built, then the price comes down.
The Fee itself is only fully assessed if your real estate development is in an area that would have to be completely subsidized by the taxpayers in terms building and maintaining infrastructure and public order that low price or medium priced housing is simply not an option.
But no one forces the developer to build there. And no one keeps them from doing it. It just takes away the financial incentive to build where the taxpayers will always have to foot the bill for their little project by making the financial stakes a little higher.(and therefore demanding higher quality construction in order to attract a market that can afford to it.)
EVEN SO, at the highest tabulation rate, it is still only half of what the same developers were being required to pay only 5 years ago. THEY ARE ALREADY GETTING A HUGE DISCOUNT.
I hope that you will vote in the interest of the public instead of this handful of wealthy men, many of whom are liberal campaign donors.
I think that the economy needs you to do the right thing for the citizens who elected you. We all need to work together as a whole instead of to pass off what amounts to cash favors for some wealthy donors.
And I really do think that this is a time where public consciousness of these issues is becoming a deciding factor in any future electability.
People want things to work. They don't want to be taxed so that one or two guys can make off with a barrel of money. They want them to earn that through the excellence of their work and their product instead.
You will do yourselves a favor in the long run, both politically and simply because you might want your kids to stick around after college in the future City of Jacksonville that your votes are forming even now.
Please. I know the letter is wordy, but please. Consider all of our best interests. Its your future too. And if you do it right, maybe it will also be the future home of your grandkids.
And now abide faith, hope and love; these three, but the greatest of these is love