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Will developers pay for Union County schools?

A judge has upheld Union County's ordinance that can require developers in rapidly growing areas to share the cost of building new schools, attorneys for both sides said Thursday.

The decision is a blow for the group of residential developers and builders who sued Union County, asking a judge to declare the county's adequate public facilities ordinance invalid.

Superior Court Judge Chris Collier's written order had not yet been filed Thursday, attorneys for both sides said. But the trial court administrator had telephoned both attorneys and told them how Collier had ruled, said the county's attorney in Monroe, Ligon Bundy, and the developers' Raleigh-based attorney Dan Higgins.

Read more in Sunday Neighbors of Union County