Voting game (October 12, 2016)
There are some local hot button Measures on the ballot this November in Apple Valley. It is almost reminiscent of the old game of who’s got the button. Everyone has their hands out to receive the button and the rest have to guess who will receive it. In the election game it seems to be the local politicians versus the tax payers, and instead of a button it is tax dollars.
Apple Valley Fire Protection District wants you to approve a property tax increase, but has hidden the fact that if you vote to do that, you also will forever give up your right to make future decisions on raising the tax rates for the District, over and above the standard 2% increase, and essentially give the District a blank check on future taxation and no expiration date. Citizens cannot afford an action to repeal it, and the Board will never repeal it. AVFPD claims they will be accountable to the citizens, but how accountable were they when they did not provide all the facts in their rush to apply fear mongering and to sell a damaged idea to the public?
The Town of Apple Valley wants you to support their measure, letting the Council decide whether or not to incur more debt on the taxpayers, but they will hold a public hearing on debt over $5 million. We all know how they don’t listen to the will of the people at public hearings. Even the Mayor misstated the issues when Council moved to support the AVFPD tax.
The local politicians have demonstrated they cannot be trusted. Why is adding more tax always the standby choice of government. They lack creativity or ability to seek other solutions because taxing is the only thing they know. Before giving up all your voting rights, you must READ what you are voting for. Just like anything you buy, sales people make promises, but the only thing that matters is what is in writing. Putting aside all the propaganda, the simple voting options are:
- Vote Yes on Measures A and W and No on Measure V, and politicians will decide for you what your taxes and debt will be.
- Vote No on Measure A and W and Yes on Measure V and you retain your constitutional right to decide what your taxes and debt will be.
I would like to think that Apple Valley citizens will opt to retain their constitutional voting rights and keep the button in their own hands.
— Leane Lee, Apple Valley
Files related to Measure V
- 20150913 Commentary: Apple Valley water takeover plan: Know the full cost (Coupal)
- 20160621 Measure V
- 20160726 TOAV staff report on Measure V
- 20160831 Best supporters money can buy
- 20160831 Serious omission
- 20160831 Town paid more than $50K for ballot measure
- 20160904 Letter: Peter Allen supporting Measure V (Nassif)
- 20160906 Town business practices
- 20160908 Letter: Don’t waste your vote (Carloni)
- 20160911 Letter: Measure Waste (Carloni)
- 20160918 Our View: The right to vote on big projects
- 20160919 Support Measure V
- 20160923 Opinion: Measure V is for voting to ensure government is accountable (Mann)
- 20160924 Letter: Measure W (Piercy)
- 20160925 Opinion: Measure V respects Liberty Utilities customers’ rights (Sorensen)
- 20160929 Letter: Time to go (Varga)
- 20161002 Letter: Reject Measure W (Allan)
- 20161010 Letter: Truth about V and W (Bell)
- 20161011 Letter: The measure of a man (Varga)
- 20161018 Will Apple Valley become California’s Flint, MI?
- 20161020 Yes on Measure V (video)
- 20161023 Letter: Supports Measure V (Schappert)
- 20161025 Diving into the shallow waters of Measure W
- 20161102 Letter: Measure of a man (McCarthy)
- 20161102 No water in Measure W
- 20161103 More Measure W misdirection
- 20161103 No on W, Yes on V
- 20161105 Money flows like water
- 20161111 Letter: Diving into shallow ‘W’ater
- 20161111 Measure V garnered 2,319 more yes votes than Measure W
- 20161113 Tuesday’s election results
- 20161114 Measures V and W
- 20161115 Polls and votes
- 20161121 Voters show they want a say in water takeover issue (Hanson)