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Town of Carmel Valley Unsustainable

Monterey Herald -- Oct. 4, 2009



Everybody wants to see Carmel Valley remain rural. It would be nice to not have to go to Salinas to fight for that to a board with only 20 percent local representation. All are extremely grateful for the veteran fighters.

But, town incorporation is the wrong vehicle to attain this. Incorporation may bring a local voice but it also brings a huge amount of expensive baggage that would be an overwhelming liability and burden: Road maintenance, administration of flood-plain zoning and FEMA regulations, public works, levee maintenance, police and adherence to county laws for low-income housing, etc. It is a huge price to pay; in fact, it is unaffordable.

The LAFCO report has estimated the town will run in the black for the first five years but in the red the following years! LAFCO plans for the estimated surplus generated in the first five years to supplement the deficit the following years. What if the town doesn't make the estimated necessary surplus? According to an analysis of the report by Town Council candidate Scott Dick, the estimates are already compromised with the loss of Tehama, Quail Lodge and property devaluation. It is just too much of a risk. NO on G.

Vicki Odello
Carmel



Last Updated: Oct 04, 09

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