Homes built on the edge of urban areas require up to $1,500 morein annual services than they pay into local budgets, says JoyHerr-Cardillo, an attorney with the Arizona Center for Law in thePublic Interest. Herr-Cardillo and her group wrote the report forsupporters of Proposition 202, the Citizens Growth ManagementInitiative.

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"You are subsidizing the development that's occurring on thefringes," she says. "The economics of that are real important forpeople to understand."

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Wildcat subdivisions built far beyond the urban boundary, likethose in Pima County, will require millions of dollars to revampsubstandard services. Continued growth in northern Arizona couldrequire a water pipeline costing at least $128 million, sayproponents of Prop. 202.

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Prop. 202, which will appear on the November ballot, would placea statewide moratorium on construction for two years. Cities wouldbe required to adopt strict new growth boundaries.

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Oppoonents of Prop. 202 say the measure would do more harm thangood, costing the state up to 200,000 jobs in the first two yearsif the measure is approved.

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