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Horner's other argument is that Osceola's fees are too high — more than twice as high as some of Orange County's, for example.

Fair enough. So fix that. Adjust them downward. Make them more in line with others. But don't axe them all together, even temporarily.

Why shave your head when all you need is a trim?

Most concerning about all this is that Osceola is part of a growing trend.

Osceola started talking about knocking down impact fees after Kissimmee, which did so after Polk County.

Pretty soon, we'll have governments all over Central Florida trying to move the cost of growth back onto the average taxpayer — where it was for decades, until smart-growth champions properly changed the system back in the late 90s.

Because the bottom line is that growth comes with a price.

Every local government that instituted impact fees in the first place — including Osceola — acknowledged as much when they did so.

The question is simply whether you want the businesses that profit from that growth to pay for the demands they create — or whether you want average taxpayers to shoulder the burden.

Scott Maxwell can be reached at smaxwell@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-6141.

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