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Arizona Supreme Court turns away appeal on impact fees

As the death-penalty caseload piles up for the Arizona Supreme Court, the justices are looking into using Court of Appeals judges to help get through the cases. Ann Scott Timmer, chief judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One, however, says the court  has its own bulging workload to deal with. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona Supreme Court building (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

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.

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  1. It’s about time someone had the cajones to stand up to Darcy, Clint and the rest of the out-of-control “Gouldwater” bandits.

  2. Thomas-
    Your oh-so-clever name calling is not a substitute for rational argument.
    Now turn off your mom’s computer & go outside and play.

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