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Contributions to Keep Carmel Valley Rural -- No on Measure G

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Save and Protect Carmel Valley -- No on G
P.O. Box 22231
Carmel, CA 93922

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Dear friend:

If it isn’t broken, why fix it? Carmel Valley is not perfect, but it is certainly not broken. Improvements will not magically take place by creating a shiny-new city with an expanding bureaucracy, higher taxes and more smooth-talking politicians.

In an era when the U.S. Congress has an approval rating of only nine percent, there is a small but powerful group of Carmel Valley residents determined to have a 39-square mile City with all the trimmings. They want five more politicians, a full-blown city staff and code enforcers who will have greater authority over our lives and what we do with our property. And they say that all this will not cost one dime more.

Where is their proof? They have a number of feasibility reports (paid for by themselves) which say everything will be hunky-dory. But the data are old and stale -- first published six years ago with minor revisions since. With the closing of Quail Lodge, the exclusion of Tehama, and falling property values, the city will be bankrupt before it gets started. Where will new revenues come from? Obviously, from taxpayers. Rest assured, if taxpayers balk at paying higher sales and property taxes, city politicians will threaten that without additional tax revenues, police and fire services will be severely cut. This is how the political revenue game is played.

But what the Cityhood proponents have ignored most is the law of unintentional consequences. Nothing ever really works out the way it is planned. The creation of a new government entity always unleashes a Pandora’s Box of unforeseeable money problems and headaches. How do we know? Just look at the other cities.

Currently, most of Monterey County’s cities are experiencing anything but bliss. They are confronted with petty bickering, serious budget problems, boisterous infighting, special interests, sex scandals, sudden resignation, recall movements, labor disputes, tax increase measures, and the bankruptcy blues. Why trade in the calm of country living for the political turmoil of a City?

And what about all of those unfunded mandates that cities are required to carry out? “Caballero, (former) mayor of Salinas, Monterey County's largest city, said a city ‘has a lot of obligations that unincorporated areas don't,’ including providing public facilities for meetings and city business, meeting affordable housing quotas, cleaning up any runoff water from storm drains, holding elections and paying for programs the state requires but doesn't fund.”*

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that city services always cost more. As the Aug. 21 Carmel Pine Cone editorial noted, “adding a new layer of government invariably increases government expenditures.” City living can be expensive, unpleasant and frustrating, especially when trying to fight City Hall. That is why many of us moved to the country. Even one of the biggest Cityhood proponents, Karen Strasser Kauffman, echoed this sentiment in 1989, saying: “If you want to live in the country, then you are properly in the County rather than a city.”

Moreover, many of us have seen city redevelopment agencies confiscate private land and give it to private developers in order to increase city coffers – as has happened in almost every Monterey County city. We have seen hotels and strip malls proposed and built to keep cities from going bankrupt. We have seen city officials give sweetheart deals to their favorite developers. We have read about the dire financial straits of cities that have overspent like drunken sailors. And because of this addiction to spending, many municipalities are forced to tack on higher fees, increase business licenses, issue more city bonds and debt, flirt with parking meters, and repeatedly put sale tax hikes on the ballot.

Your donation today will help us stop this hostile takeover of Carmel Valley by the political elite. Together, we can prevent a future financial train wreck from derailing the rural character of Carmel Valley, as has happened to so many communities across California. If we don’t stop this city today, it will likely cost far more tomorrow. Please help us keep Carmel Valley rural. Please donate as much as you can possibly afford, and Vote No on Measure G.

Save and Protect Carmel Valley – No on G
P.O. Box 22231
Carmel, CA 93922

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*Monterey Herald, Kevin Howe, “Cityhood proponents face new Hurdle,” Jan. 25, 2005.

Last Updated: Oct 09, 09

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