Developer building fees were created to generate resources needed for expanded infrastructure in support of new home growth. But Fresno County supervisors suspended those fees again for two more years. While The Bee article spoke only of a choice between suspension or elimination, the right choices should be implementation or expansion.
Developers lead you to believe this fee charged to them will be passed to the home buyer and supervisors profess their motives are to protect home buyers and be more “fair” on who pays for growth-induced expansion of facilities. I think it’s simply another example of weak governmentto cater to developer pressure. Do we really believe a $300K house will cost $304K with the fee? That suggests developer profit is fixed, and costs drive the price, not the market. If they can sell it for $310K they will, fee or no fee. They are going to build if the market suggests they can make a profit, fee or no fee.
So home buyer protection is a farce. As for fair, who should pay for expanded facilities, the home buyer who is benefiting from them, or the taxpayer on the other side of the county that isn’t?