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July 24, 2007
 

Leesburg -- An impact fee is all that's keeping a new industrial development from moving to Lee County. 

An agreement has been reached with an unnamed company to build a 100,000 square foot distribution center in the Oakland Meadows Business Park. While it will only be about ten jobs it's expected to bring $150,000 in taxes to Lee County, who's struggling to sign new industrial developments.

"We are a tier four community, which means we can't offer incentives that tier one, tier two, and tier three communities can offer, the only thing we can offer is quality of life and what attracts industrial investment more times than not is strictly the bottom line," said Lee Co. Chamber of Commerce Director Winston Oxford.  

The impact fees would cost the company $180,000 a year. Commissioners will consider picking up those fees and possibly doing away with them at tonight's commission meeting.

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