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What about developer fees — do builders pay their fair share?

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Our primary objective is to ensure that new development pays its fair share of the transportation costs associated with growth and the increased demand on the transportation network. New development (housing, commercial and industrial) pays for their fair share through our transportation impact mitigation program. Right now, each new house built requires payment into a fund for road improvements to fairly mitigate impact. Funds have been collected since the 1990s and have paid for other major road improvements with a $27 million investment. In 2019, $10 million of developer fees will help pay for the Highway 156 widening.  In the future, we anticipate another $247 million will be collected over the next 22 years to add significant roadway improvements as well.  Even with these funds, the burden is growing to adequately repair and upgrade our transportation system and infrastructure needs.