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Incorporation comes with its own realities

Monterey Herald -- Nov. 1, 2009



About 4,500 homeowners and some struggling businesses in this rural town of Carmel Valley will be financially accountable for an area the size of Manhattan, with rugged terrain.

What astounds me is the rosy message that this huge area of Carmel Valley will be the first town in California history to function with only two part-time public works employees.

Deficits projected in the most recent road study (1991) are dismissed as inconsequential. Arrogant assertions guarantee that Carmel Valley will achieve full economic recovery in a couple years, that there will be no new taxes, fees, or unwanted development, that the changeover will be invisible to residents, that in 10 years we will be operating at a profit, regardless of official document indications.
I'm astonished at the lack of concern expressed regarding the magnitude and implications of the economic downturn.

I'm still haunted by the mean-spirited public humiliation of individuals who have dared to question the repetitive bromides of feasible self-governance. I ask what magical dust lives in the Carmel Valley air that exempts us from the realities faced by every other incorporated city/town.

Carmen Martin
Carmel Valley



Last Updated: Nov 01, 09

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