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(May 14, 2015) – The Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education adopted a resolution at its May 12, 2015, Board meeting opposing Assembly Bill 715, a bill authored by Assemblymember Tom Daly, which proposes to revise the definition of assessable space for which school districts can collect developer fees. Developer fees were established to offset impacts to school facilities from new students generated from residential and commercial development. According to the resolution adopted by the Board, altering the definition of assessable space may limit the developer fees districts can receive from new development and may negatively impact school facilities.
“The State does not have money for the new construction of school facilities, so limiting our ability to collect the proper developer fees would negatively impact our ability to provide appropriate facilities for our students,” said Rick Miller, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District.
Santa Ana Unified School District anticipates nine developments within the next five years that would impact the student population at its schools. These include apartment complexes and multi-family units. The Santa Ana Unified School District is the sixth-largest school district in the State of California serving more than 50,000 students at 56 schools.