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Incorporation and property rights

Monterey Herald -- Nov. 23, 2010

It's been suggested that had the Carmel incorporation vote been passed, September Ranch would not have been allowed. I suggest those who support that view take classes on constitutional law and private property rights. In my opinion, property owner Jim Morgens' rights have been trampled upon.

To those who would disallow him his property rights, I say gather your money, buy him out, turn it into a park. But remember, not only will there be no more taxes collected on that property, there will be added expense to the Monterey County Parks Department for maintenance. However,
with his development, there will be increased taxes collected — much to the benefit of county residents.

Furthermore, the same parties contend that had at least 138 of the "ill-informed" opponents of incorporation voted "wisely," they would have won. I submit that had many of the 2,592 voters for incorporation been "fully and correctly informed," the margin would have been much greater the other way.

John Caldwell
Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Nov 28, 10

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