Board trustees debate possible reduction for developers
After a vigorous debate over developer fees in September, Madera Unified trustees geared up for round two at Tuesday night’s board meeting. At the end of an hour of wrangling, the board put on hold a recommendation by Superintendent Ed Gonzalez to reduce the fees charged to developers.
On a 4-2 vote, with trustee Robert Garibay absent, the board decided to tackle the issue again on Jan. 14. The two dissenting board members were newly elected board president Michael Salvador and newly chosen clerk, Jose Rodriguez, both of whom were ready to reduce the fees again.
When Salvador opened the agenda item for discussion, it was obvious that someone had done their homework. Three or four members of the audience held up signs supporting the fee reduction, and a half dozen speakers, including real estate broker Ed McIntyre and Madera County Supervisor Manuel Nevarez, stepped to the podium to lend their support.
After the discussion was brought back to the board, some intense sparring began. Trustee Ricardo Arredondo led the fight for reducing the fees for the second time in three months. He was joined by Rodriguez...