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City of C.V. would be financial disaster

Monterey Herald -- Oct. 8, 2009

I do not want Carmel Valley to become a city because it would be a fiscal disaster. Maintenance and improvements of 68 miles of roads, mudslides and wildfires are just some of the costs the 12,000 (instead of 300,000) taxpayers would face. Add to this the cost of creating another layer of government, which might turn out to be as oppressive as that of the city of Carmel.

I, like many others, live in the valley but work and shop in other cities. Carmel, Monterey and Sand City collect my sales taxes. Many who work in the valley commute from Seaside and Salinas and pay their sales taxes there. Many valley businesses have either closed (Quail Lodge, etc.) or are struggling and may not last the winter. To survive, many local businesses need and want growth and development.

Although "local control" is a seductive sound bite, there are no guarantees that every local who might seize local control will be against development. Other rural areas that have incorporated have seen rapid growth as the only means to avoid bankruptcy.

Helga Fellay
Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Oct 08, 09

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