By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The prospect of impact fees, special taxing districts and other options were mentioned Tuesday as possible ways to fund a $27 million the county's building program through 2003.
The County Commissioners, as part of a long-term debt-reduction plan, have set a goal of borrowing $6.5 million a year.
The five-year plan of projects presented by County Finance Director Debra Bastian Tuesday exceeds that goal by $27 million.
Bastian said the commissioners will face some tough decisions to either cut or delay planned projects or come up with more revenue. That revenue could come from the county general fund, by borrowing more money or by charging developers impact fees or creating special taxing districts, she said.
"Basically we're just trying to get them ready for what's coming down the road," she said.
Commissioner James R. Wade said that the county did need to look at ways to better pay for the costs of development, whether it be through impact fees or other charges.