The HBA of Central Arizona successfully defeated measures in the Phoenix-area towns of Goodyear and Avondale that would have required fire sprinklers in all new houses. The builders were concerned that mandating sprinklers would add about $1 per square foot to the cost of a new home, pricing some buyers out of the market. At press time, Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh was trying to put the measure on the ballot for the November election.

SOURCE: THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC

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