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Facts Presented to the Monterey County Supervisors

The Letter that was never published in the Monterey Herald -- Sept. 5, 2009

Isn't it ironic. One day after the Herald editorializes that one should be "skeptical about the facts" relating to the Carmel Valley incorporation issue, it prints a front page article that misrepresents the facts.

The facts I presented conformed to the lawsuit and its settlement: 1) the revenue numbers estimated in the Revenue Neutrality Agreement are overstated by at least $1,000,000 a year, making the proposed City's economic viability improbable. 2) LAFCO and its consultant stated the proposed City would not be economically viable if Tehama was removed, which it was. 3) The new City would not be viable unless the County loaned it over $4 million dollars, interest free.

I also presented clear evidence that $140-$190 million dollars of undisclosed and unfunded road expenses were to be transferred to the proposed City, an obligation that the proposed City could never afford.

Thus the proposed City, with lower actual revenues, will overpay the County millions and assume over $140 million in undisclosed liabilities: an economic disaster waiting to happen. Revealing these fats was the purpose of the lawsuit; obfuscating them was the apparent purpose of the County and the proponents of incorporation. Why didn't the Herald accurately report my presentation?

Franklin J. Lunding

Last Updated: Sep 16, 09

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