CALEXICO — A Fresno developer asked the City Council here to waive more than $500,000 in sewer and water fees for 200 low-income homes planned for land east of the city near the All-American canal.
After the council decided it wouldn't waive the fees, the developer, Robert Sanders of Fresno-based Affordable Shelters, said he and his partners would just have to "cut the quality of the project."
He walked out of City Hall saying, "We've spent one and a half years on this project!"
Before Sanders left, City Councilman Javier Alatorre told him, "We have a lot of problems here providing essential services. I will not support waiving anything."
Sanders said, "Everybody's got problems."
City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva asked Sanders to tell the employees gathered in City Hall how the council could waive fees for a developer when the city doesn't have the money to pay for all the employees it would like to hire.