SANTA ANA — The Santa Ana Unified School District has narrowly approved an increase in fees for commercial, industrial and residential construction within its boundaries.
At its regular meeting last week, the Board of Education voted 3 to 2 to raise fees on commercial and industrial projects from $1.65 to $1.72 per square foot and on residential building from 27 cents to 28 cents per square foot.
Sal Mendoza, Audrey Yamagata-Noji and Robert W. Balen voted in favor of the fee increase. Trustees Rosemarie Avila and Tom Chaffee opposed it.
Under state law, Santa Ana Unified and other school districts that receive matching building funds from the state may collect fees from developers. However, the money raised must be given to the state, and districts that do not charge developers the maximum allowable rate must make up the difference, said Bob Giritz, district controller.