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No Need to Incorporate

Monterey Herald, Feb. 20, 2005



Dear Editor:

The proponents of Carmel Valley being incorporated infer that we tax-paying citizens of the valley are not getting a fair return on the taxes we pay. The people who have lived here appreciate the security provided by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office and know it is available when needed.

The Carmel Valley Village Fire Department is as good as any in the state and provides services far beyond what is expected of it on a daily basis.

Our park system begins at Highway 1 and extends all the way throughout the valley to Sleepy Hollow, au naturel.

That small group of activists seems to feel that we need sleek new city buildings filled with ever-increasing numbers of bureaucrats, administrators, planners, ad infinitum. They would also have you believe that a city government generates revenue when, in truth, Carmel Valley citizens could not afford this extravaganza on their own. If incorporated, we would then become a severe financial drain on the tax coffers of Monterey County for years to come. And what is the gain?

We who live here love our Shangri-la La. We do not need another layer of government, and Monterey County does not need another Los Angeles suburb.

Bill Colohan
Carmel Valley






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