San Martin incorporation could cost $10M
“We're talking about getting a bus”
San Martin residents may be footing a hefty bill if they want to incorporate, maybe as much as $10 million. via The Dispatch
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#1 Apr 22, 2008
Unfortunately for the opponents of the San Martin incorporation, their 'calculations' if you will, regarding road fees being used to enhance the revenue neutrality of the proposed incorporation cannot work. Santa Clara County is prohibited by State law to transfer monies from gas tax and other dedicated road maintenance fund groups to the county General Fund. The General Fund account is where the revenue neutrality burden exists. If the proponents can get State Law changed to allow Santa Clara County to "slide" funds out of road maintenance and into general fund accounts, they deserve the incorporation, because it will NEVER happen.
#2 Sep 10, 2008
I think you mean the proponents in your first line?
I agree, plus a $200,000 off year election to try and incorporate is crazy. If it passes, the town pays, if it fails, the county pays. Either way taxpayers get stuck with it. People that live in San Martin mostly want to live in this area but in the country. The proponents are trying to force us into becoming a city. They claim no development's planned, but developers are funding it. They claim no sewer's planned but downtown needs it badly and has for years. If that won't be done why bother incorporate?
They acknowledge to LAFCO a couple thousand in donations but their website shows >$150,000 collected. That didn't come from spaghetti dinners and car shows!
This plan would incorporate an area about as large as the incorporated part of Gilroy and much larger than the incorporated part of Morgan Hill. Part of Gilroy's unincorporated area is included and would become part of San Martin.
Cities develop. Finances drive them to do so. The incorporated area develops. Bye Bye country living! If the first group elected don't allow development, the next ones will and they all know it.
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