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Taxpayers and the Cost of C.V. Incorporation

Carmel Pine Cone, Aug. 29, 2008

Dear editor,

All along, the proponents of incorporating Carmel Valley promised that taxpayers’ funds would not be used in the process. They swore up and down that not a single cent would come from the public. But lo and behold, it appears that Monterey County taxpayers will be forking over $300,000 to pay for the CV incorporation process after all.

A big lawsuit was filed against LAFCO to determine whether the commissioners had the right to ask for a full environmental impact report before proceeding with an election. A judge of questionable impartiality neutered the commissioners, taking away their authority to make important local decisions.

Ironically, according to state law, if Carmel Valley were to become a city, taxpayers would be required to pay for an extensive and expensive EIR. It seems the proponents want taxpayers to pay for everything. Perhaps this is why some 80 percent of CV residents do not support the establishment of a city. They already know that the crowd pushing for cityhood are spendthrifts and can’t wait to seize more money from our shrinking wallets.

If anyone wants to see them, the surveys on CV incorporation are listed at under the “surveys” menu.

L.K. Samuels

Last Updated: Dec 08, 08

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