Fee increase a blow to hard-hit sector

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I cannot believe that our city council would choose to increase the park mitigation fee for a newly built single family home from $1,073.26 to a whopping $5,108, an incredible increase of $4,034.72! What on earth are our city ?leaders?? thinking? Our economy is in the toilet and has been for several years, with the construction/building industries being particularily hard hit. So, in their infinite wisdom, and after ?much study,? their answer is to stick it to those who have been among the hardest hit. Way to go city council ? I?m sure this will encourage new housing here. Donna McCloskey, Auburn