HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough County leaders could opt to raise mobility fees for new home developers on Wednesday to help pay for essential services needed alongside new-construction communities.
Mobility fees are a one-time charge on new development to pay for off-site transportation improvements that are necessitated by new development.
If county leaders vote for the increase, some new construction homes would have higher fees.
For a single-family detached home that is less than 1,500 square feet and in a rural area where the annual household income is considered low and moderate, fees would jump from about $3,092 to $4,638.
For a single-family detached home that is less than 1,500 square feet and in an urban area where the annual household income is considered low and moderate, fees would jump from about $2,135.00 to $2,814.00.
While the charge is to developers, the Tampa Bay Builders Association said families who are buying in new construction communities ultimately end up shouldering those fees.
The Tampa Bay Builders Association has not yet taken a position on the proposed mobility fee increase.
The price hike comes as some residents in South Hillsborough county are concerned about the rapid growth outpacing the need for new services like fire, parks, schools and roads.
Hillsborough County leaders recently put a 270-day moratorium on rezoning applications affecting some parts of Wimauma and South Hillsborough.
If passed, the updated mobility fee rate schedule will take effect on June 8, 2020.