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Keeping Carmel Valley Rural

Jan. 25, 2004

Dear Editor:

Both local and county-wide politicians covet taxpayers’ money. There is no reason to believe that Carmel Valley politicians, hungry for new revenue streams in times of deficit, would not have allowed a mini-storage unit in Mid Valley. So why would incorporation of a rural Carmel Valley have made any meaningful difference?

Approximately 84% of the residents of Carmel Valley oppose turning our peaceful valley into an incorporated city with a large city hall, police station, public works department, etc. Most residents know that cities constantly need new revenue sources. They know that city politicians will eventually start encouraging big businesses to build in Carmel Valley (somebody has to pay for the new political infrastructure!). Somebody will have to build more housing in a Carmel Valley City, since affordable housing in a city is mandated by state law. Of course, that will still not be enough money. Tax increases will be put on the ballot, and the justification will be that the City will close down unless we pay more. Let’s keep Carmel Valley rural and free of power-hungry politicians.

--L.K. Samuels
Valley Watch

Last Updated: Dec 06, 08

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