4-2 vote follows spirited debate
Madera Unified trustees went along with a staff recommendation to lower the district’s developer fees, but the decision to do so didn’t happen without a battle. Two members of the board wanted to reduce the fees even lower, which produced some stiff opposition from the other four. Before it was all over, one trustee impugned the motives of a fellow board member, and another charged the developers with “never being willing to help.”
The lively debate came at a meeting of the school board Tuesday evening when the board was presented with a staff recommendation to lower its developer fees on residential housing from $6.04 to $5.88 per square foot. The rationale for the reduction came from a School Facility Needs Analysis (SFNA), which followed a formula established by the state.
After a presentation of the SFNA by Rosalind Cox — MUSD director of planning, construction and purchasing — and Kevin Sullivan — a consultant from the State Department of School Facilities — board members quickly showed their disharmony of thought.
Trustee Robert Garibay opened the discussion by supporting the staff recommendation. “We have never accomplished anything without developer fees,” he said...