The Arizona Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of a court ruling that Arizona cities have broad powers to impose development impact fees.
The justices on Tuesday turned away an appeal of a Court of Appeals decision that upheld a levy by Mesa to help pay for cultural facilities used by the entire community.
Municipalities contend the fees are a way to raise money to pay for facilities and services needed by growing communities.
Critics argue that the fees inflate home prices unnecessarily and burden homebuyers with costs not directly related to their property.
The challenge to the Mesa fee was mounted by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona.