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Carmel Pine Cone -- Aug. 21, 2009

Dear Editor:

At the recent Hacienda Carmel panel on Carmel Valley
incorporation, the differences seemed to hinge on how much
you trust government.

The proponents of cityhood quoted the LAFCO financial
feasibility study, relying on the numbers implicitly (supposedly
the city will continue to accrue a surplus, even while
paying “alimony” to Monterey County). The opponents
pointed out that those estimates were made when property
values and related tax revenues were at their peak.

The opponents wisely suspect that the new town council
will tend to spend any surplus, and then look for other
sources of revenue. This could be sales taxes, it could be
occupancy taxes. Either of these can be increased by encouraging
tourism, new hotels, and other things nobody wants to
see. Would our town council resist this temptation to finance
their ideas for making Carmel Valley better?

Those skeptical opponents suggested that, as the town
grows on the urban radar, as in some other new cities, new
regulations might come to bite us: requirements for sewers,
roads, more housing. The proponents asked in essence
“what government study are you quoting?”

Glenn Robinson smilingly assured us that we will be
happier with our neighbors — “people we know and
trust” — in the boss’ seat over us. I don’t know everyone
in Carmel Valley, and I certainly don’t trust people
based on their address! One more layer of government is
one more group of unneeded meddlers. Most people with
common sense will vote against Measure G.

Jane Heider,
Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Aug 21, 09

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