PriceOfSprawl.com is an interactive tool to help Florida taxpayers assess the hidden costs of over-development including the costs of infrastructure & services, the decline of home values, and shortages of drinking water.
The project sponsor, Lesley Blackner from the Florida Hometown Democracy/Amendment 4 initiative (floridahometowndemocracy.com) was often asked during the 2010 campaign to explain how the rubber-stamping of endless residential development hurts Floridians in the pocketbook. PriceOfSprawl.com is a tool to allow taxpayers to make that assessment for themselves. Amendment 4 would have given voters a vote on certain development projects in their communities. It was defeated in November 2010.
Janet Stanko worked on the Amendment 4 campaign. She developed the research presented in PriceOfSprawl.com. The information was obtained from local, city and national sources. PriceOfSprawl.com is the first tool to pull all this information together and make it available to the public. Given government’s reluctance to acknowledge the harmful fiscal and environmental consequences of Florida’s traditional “anything goes” allowance of development, some of this information was difficult to obtain.
Link to this interesting website for more information on Martin and all Florida counties: www.priceofsprawl.com