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Oro Valley seeks to boost development impact fees

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Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 11:00 pm

Local leaders can breathe a sigh of relief.

On Monday, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano vetoed a bill that would have altered the way local governments collect development impact fees.

Napolitano said she vetoed the bill because it was a “piecemeal” approach to an issue that deserves a “comprehensive” solution.

Oro Valley was joined by 14 cities and towns across the state in opposition to the bill. There are 90 cities and towns in the state, and 42 of those charge development impact fees of some kind.

Sponsored by Tim Bee, the Republican Senate president and congressional candidate, the law would have required governments to estimate infrastructure costs of a proposed development and figure the amount of tax revenue the property will generate.

The plan also sought to prohibit raising existing or levying new impact fees on approved developments for 24 months.

Despite the veto, Oro Valley Town Councilman Bill Garner said the town would still seek to enact new fees as planned.

Last year, an independent study recommended a fee boost to benefit parks and recreation, libraries, roads, general government and police.

In May, the town council approved a notice of intent to raise those and water-related impact fees.

Last summer, the council approved an increase to existing impact fees annually over five years.

A public hearing on the existing and proposed impact fees is scheduled for Wednesday, July 16.

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