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Legislation spells end for Mesa impact fee court case (access required)

They couldn’t win in court, so they took the fight to the Legislature – and won.

The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona and the Goldwater Institute, a litigious government watchdog group with a libertarian bent, were unable to convince the courts that impact fees Mesa charged to new home construction for cultural programs are illegal. Instead, lawmakers approved legislation that effectively curtails those fees.

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