While I'm grateful for the cyclists who showed up in force both times, I'm with Strider. I said it here earlier. Having too many people talk about cycling makes it seem like the bill is all about bicycles. I hope those of you who had other things to add and who could not make it last night are emailing. :-)
Doug, I used some of your talking points last night. I also reminded them they had passed this plan that reduced the fees under the old plan, and then immediately suspended it, and didn't even put back the old plan instead. I used Ock's math with the $108 million tax increase, and gave them a copy of the handout he brought. I told them if they passed this bill, they would be approving a HUGE tax increase on Jacksonville taxpayers to the tune of $525 per year for an average family of four.
Somone else reminded them of the thousands of constituents who oppose the bill and who sent their representative with their opposition...The NE Florida Bike Club, Ready2Ride Bike Tours, CPACS from Beaches, Arlington, Urban Core, Southside, Murray Hill Historic Preservation, RAP, SPAR, PSOS, and the Sierra Club. I probably left some out.
Someone else mentioned the indefinite nature of the waivers under this bill, unlike the current "temporary" moratorium.
These fees have for years traditionally been paid by builders and developers. The builders are paying NOTHING right now and the taxpayers are getting stuck with the bill. The builders (of course) want this to continue indefinitely. You can bet they'll be back in three years if this passes. The economy is improving, and there will be more jobs, regardless. But they will say it's because of the moratorium, not the improving economy.
I'm not certain they were even listening at that point. They opened the public comments for Daniel Davis at the very beginning who told them opponents of 2013-94 "were just noise" and then closed it again for three or four hours making the rest of us wait until amost 9:00 to speak.