By Bob Burns | Fountain Hills Times
The Town of Fountain Hills has a development fee structure attached to every dwelling constructed within the community. The recent dispute between Park Place Developer N-Shea group and the Town of Fountain Hills has gotten some residents asking how, exactly, that system works.
The system allows the town to collect revenue upfront on new development so money is available to upgrade infrastructure to offset the impacts of community growth.
There is nothing arbitrary about how the system is put together. State law outlines the process and has very strict rules related to what the community can collect fees for and how that money is used after it is received.