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Carmel Valley Incorporation Arguments Heard

Fox 35 KCBA-TV Sept. 1, 2009

SALINAS, Calif. - The fight over whether or not Carmel Valley should become it's own city went into extra rounds Monday, with a public hearing in front of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
The main point of contention at today's hearing was the feasability study regarding the tiny community's fiscal strength.

Frank Lunding, an opponent of incorporation, declared the county used faulty numbers in appraising the value of Carmel Valley land; hecited figures claiming the sale of Carmel Valley Ranch was incorrectly appraised at $40 million, saying it's true value is $18 million. Lunding says that wrong calculations would lead to a shift in the tax structure.

"Carmel Valley is dependent on tourist income and sales taxes," Lunding said. "It's a three-legged stool; there are only 12,000 people living in Carmel Valley and 39 square miles to carry this community."

Supporters of Carmel Valley incorporation say Lunding's numbers are "scare tactics" to sway the November election ballot Measure G.

"We know for years that more money has come out of Carmel Valley than the county's ever put back in," said Larry Bacon, a Measure G supporter.

"There's just no basis for a claim that taxes are going to have to go up."
Tuesday's public hearing fulfilled a legal obligation in a lawsuit Lunding filed against the county.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 09

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