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Thursday, www.leamingtonpost.ca Rachel Klotz, Sierra Rebidoux and Rosey Berry got into the spirit of 'Movember'. More photos, and a story, on Page 36. Mike Thibodeau Special/Leamington Post A vote by Leamington councillors points to a vast difference of opinion on how the town should view development costs. The views arose on Nov. 26 as council was examining the fee schedule for a wide variety of services it provides, from racquetball court use to renting snow fence. In outlining the proposed charges, town administrator Bill Marck said the new schedule would include a cost for making changes to development plans. After the initial charge, revisions were going to cost up to $1,500. Marck indicated it was not uncommon to make up to three changes, and is now looking at making a fourth change to one development. But both Deputy Mayor Charlie Wright and Coun. Hilda Macdonald were opposed. MacDonald said those fees are precisely the type of charges that push developers to look elsewhere. "It's one of the common complaints, they tell me fees are a hindrance," she said. Wright said the new fee would "take away the welcome mat." Coun. Rick Atkin said those were "shallow arguments" and said the costs of new development should not be carried by the taxpayers. "All those costs should be recouped." But MacDonald argued that by attracting development the long-term costs are reduced a little for all the taxpayers. "All the taxpayers would have less to pay...we've got to do anything to get devel- December 6, 2012
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4-2 vote points to two views on development costs
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opment moving forward," she said. Mayor John Paterson was of the same view as Atkin, in that developers should pay all costs upfront. But that was not the thinking of the remainder of council. Councillors Larry Verbeke and John Jacobs sided with MacDonald and Wright, and the vote was 4-2 against the proposed development charges.
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