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Partial Mobility Fee Waiver Approved

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Kevin Meerschaert
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    The Jacksonville City Council has approved an 18-month sliding reduction of the city’s mobility fee.   

    The fee is paid based on a formula of how much a new development is expected to affect transportation.    

    For the next nine months 75-percent of the fee will be waived. The waiver falls to 50-percent for the six months after that, and then 25-percent for the final three months of the waiver.

    The original bill would have waived 100-percent of the fees for three years, but that was opposed by several council members and the city’s bicycling community.    

City Councilman John Crescimbeni, who worked with supporters and opponents of waiving the fees says he’s pleased with the compromise. “If they’re happy I’m happy.”          

 

One of the provisions of the bill is that all the mobility fees  collected over the 18-month period will go to sidewalk and bicycle lane projects.