Hello, all. My little town has been presented this month with proposals for various projects which, when added to a couple already approved, could add over 600 new houses to our current count of fewer than 150 households. We are almost exclusively residential now- a couple of small businesses dot the highway, and larger towns nearby provide for our shopping needs- and my question is this: are there specific studies that suggest residential growth alone does not pay for itself? I keep hearing this, and have even heard numbers quoted (such as the "statistic" that taxes & etc. cover only around 75% of what a household costs to service) but am a little confused about why that should be. Is this idea familiar to you folks? Each new home adds to the service burden but impact fees and taxes are supposed to cover that- aren't they? How do we survive now, with little or no business, without going in the hole every month? Is this statement based on holding taxes constant? Can anyone direct me to any hard facts to unconfuse me on the subject? And/or share more general wisdom? Thank you!