Nothing like learning from the mistakes of others. A Napa Valley newspaper, The Weekly Calistogan, said the following in a May 22, 2008 Editorial (complete text found here) regarding the cost to taxpayers of the referendum process.
“If taxpayers want more dialog on growth in Napa County, it’s going to cost them $250,000.”
“Although a debate over growth is a great idea, it’s not clear that Napa County voters need to spend $250,000 to get one.”
“We support both the normal process of government AND the occasional use of referenda to ensure citizens’ wishes are followed, especially on the questions of growth.”
“Rather than spend money to delay the process, we recommend voters keep a close eye on their elected supervisors, who should heed the voters’ often-expressed opposition to irresponsible growth.”
Today, the City of Grass Valley is barely able to keep the potholes filled and other essential services funded as whispers of city layoffs circulate. Where will the money come from to pay for the elections that the “Friends of Grass Valley” managed growth group are calling for that are to replace decisions made by those elected to represent us? Special interest groups like Friends of Grass Valley enjoy introducing ‘wild and wacko’ ways of spending other peoples money without contributing any of their own. It’s the old “NFMW” (Not From My Wallet) game. Who’s going to fund it then? ~ George Soros?
Wake up and learn from the mistakes of others.
Don’t Napa Grass Valley!