The Senate has voted 29-4 in favor of HB 680, to let developers set up “community infrastructure districts” to bond for public improvements related to new developments, with the bonds to be paid off by the future residents of the developments. Sen. Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, the bill’s Senate sponsor, said, “The citizens have been saying they want growth to pay for growth. … It truly is growth paying for growth.” Sen. Mike Burkett, D-Boise, said, “I can see where developers would like this,” and Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, said, “I guess I feel an obligation to protect the interest of the consumer as well, and this is a very pro-developer bill.” But only two other senators, Sens. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello, and Elliot Werk, D-Boise, joined Burkett and Pearce in opposing the bill, which now goes to the governor’s desk.
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