A taco idea
Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 1:01 a.m.
After reading in the Gainesville Sun about the Diamond Sports Park, especially the part about Lee and Tina Pinkoson hatching the purchase idea over tacos, I drove to the park. What I noticed first was a large development, Oakmont, just across the street with a large "Lee Pinkoson" political sign on it.
Oakmont is planning a thousand homes. How nice to have the School Board buy the sports park! Now the Oakmont developer can point out a neighborhood school site right across the road.
It also occurred to me that if the School Board had impact fees in place, it would have been a much better deal for Alachua County taxpayers. Suppose homes in Oakmont were sold for $250,000 each (a conservative estimate). An average impact fee of $2,500, 1 percent of the purchase price, would raise $2.5 million.
By odd coincidence this is exactly what the School Board seems willing to spend on the park. Maybe it is time to get some more progressive people elected to the School Board.
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