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Appeals court upholds Mesa new home fees for cultural facilities

• Capitol Media Services

Ruling that cultural facilities can be considered "necessary public services," the Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a Mesa levy on new homes to fund them.

In a unanimous decision, the judges said they have to give city council members broad latitude to decide what services are necessary. They refused to accept arguments by the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona that this list must be pared only to what is absolutely required.