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High school board votes to raise developer fees

Developer fees should increase, the Nevada Joint Union High School District board of trustees voted Thursday.

The vote was 4-0; Chairman Charles Compton abstained.

People will pay $ 2.14 per square foot – or nine more cents – to build a house and 0.34 cents per square foot – or one more cent – to build a commercial building.

Voters on March 5 approved a $15 million bond measure to raise money to renovate Nevada Union and Sierra Foothill high schools and to construct new facilities at Bear River High. The passage of Measure A also allows the district to apply for up to $8 million in state building funds.

If the developer fees are not raised, the state will deduct what the district could have charged developers, NJUHSD assistant superintendent Julie Hopkins said Thursday.

Margaret Urke, executive director of the California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners, a property-rights group, argued the fees should not be raised.

CABPRO supported Measure A because it did not believe the district would raise the fees, said Urke, who voted for the bond measure.

“I thought it was a good idea,” said Urke of her decision. “I just don’t think (higher) mitigations fees are a good idea,”

School enrollments are declining, and increasing the cost of construction will make it much harder for young families to purchase a home, she said.

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