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New Town Turn into Engines of Growth

Monterey Herald -- Oct. 9, 2009

New towns turn into

engines of growth

Why do we continue to make the same bad decisions and expect different results? How many rural communities have incorporated to control growth and eventually grown faster?

Towns and cities have irresistible and persistent pressure to increase their revenue base. This can only be done through increased homes and businesses, increased taxes and service fees, hotel occupancy and sales taxes, increased tourism, parking meters and similar money generators.

Rural Thousand Oaks incorporated in 1964 and the population is now 123,000. Closer to home, Marina incorporated in 1975 and now has two shopping centers and a Wal-Mart.

Is this more about power than remaining rural?

We don't need more politicians and more bureaucracy. Let's not make an irreversible decision based on questionable information and be sorry for years to come!! Vote NO on G.

John Estep

Last Updated: Oct 10, 09

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