As the issue of impact fees continues to swirl in Santa Rosa County, a new state bill that is expected to be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis could affect the future of impact fees in the fast growing county. 

House Bill 337 caps impact fee increases to no more than 12.5% in a given year and no more than 50% over a four-year period. That requires states to “phase in” impact fee increases over a several-year period, instead of making big changes all at once. 

“What the issue is for any county or jurisdiction that hasn’t already adopted an impact fee, it’s just going to require them, when they do future raises and as they think about five to 10 years down the road, you don’t just need to be doing 40, 50, 60% increases at one time,” said Rusty Payton, the CEO of the Florida Homebuilders Association, who is based out of Tallahassee. “It’s just too disruptive to the system.”