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Incorporation Expensive

Monterey Herald, April 13, 2005

Dear Editor:

Concerning Lorraine Surprenant's April 21 letter, September Ranch is small potatoes when compared to the development of a big city in Carmel Valley. Surprenant is silent about the unfunded state and federal mandates. Consider the cost of a new sewer system. Carmel Valley is situated in an environmentally sensitive area. The various environmental and groundwater laws will eventually require that all septic tanks under the city be capped and instead hooked into a sewer lateral. The cost could be over $20,000 per household.

A sewer district would have to be created or expanded. A wastewater plant would need to be constructed or the Rio Road plant enlarged. Millions of dollars for a sewer bond would have to be floated. We would have to deal with another government agency and pay monthly fees.

A new sewer system is just one requirement for the new city. Others include low-income housing of more than 300 units, a city transportation system, updated storm drain system for runoff, reworking the roads to new standards, etc. Plus the city would need other buildings and structures.

Why are the budding politicos silent about these disruptions? To learn more about unfunded mandates, see this Web site:

Lawrence Samuels

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