Bill would let cities charge developers for affordable housing

Boise, ID


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Some Idaho lawmakers are pushing a bill that
would allow cities to force developers to pay for affordable

The measure is aimed at Idaho's high-priced resort towns, which
are struggling to find ways to keep year-round workers like
firefighters, hospital workers and retail clerks living nearby.

House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet of Ketchum told lawmakers on
the House Revenue and Taxation Committee today that retail shops in
Ketchum have been unable to fill hundreds of jobs because of the
lack of nearby affordable housing.

She says that could hurt future economic growth.

Some lawmakers on the committee question if it's fair to place
the burden on developers rather than the companies that employ
lower income workers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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