The Cost of Growth
Growth does not pay its own way.
- School bonds, the cost of roads, sewer, police and fire are just some of the community needs borne by the average taxpayer once a residential subdivision is built. For every $1 of revenue from residential development, it costs communities between $1.19 and $1.35.
- Conversely, for every $1 in revenue from open space, it costs communities between $0.35 and $0.65.
- This metric does not take into account the fact that open space attracts tourism and jobs.