One would have to be deaf, dumb or blind not to know our economy is in bad shape. That reason alone would tell us not to incorporate the small area of Alamo. Danville is over 10 times* as large, with lots of businesses to help with sales tax.
The pioneer family I married into entered Alamo in 1846, and the Stones soon thereafter. We know any government is only as good, or as bad, as those who govern it.
Think wisely before you make up your mind.
Virgie V. Jones, more than 60-year Alamo resident
*Editor's Note: Danville's population is almost 43,000; Alamo's population is 15,186.
Facts are in fiscal analysis
Reading the independent, state-contracted Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) of Alamo incorporation is a must for Alamo citizens who want to maintain Alamo's quality of life and their own property values.
The CFA, available at www.contracostalafco.org, makes it clear that Alamo would be one of the fiscally healthier incorporated jurisdictions in California. We are lucky to have well over 200 sales tax-generating businesses (not counting Yardbirds, which was closed during the study), and multiple increases in latent property tax revenues - artificially constrained by Proposition 13 until low-turnover Alamo properties come on the market. Contra Costa County now spends this money wherever it chooses.
Alamo would also be far from the smallest town in California; 170 incorporated California cities have less population than Alamo, according to the League of California Cities.
Furthermore, Alamo roads are rated in top condition in the CFA, so that town roads-fund surpluses could finance any resurfacing. Also, the county's certified costs of Alamo law enforcement used in the CFA were for base year '05-'06, and the county has reduced its law enforcement budget three times since then.
Fact-finding is the hallmark of the CFA. Hopefully Alamo voters will look to facts in determining their vote on Alamo incorporation.
Bee Hylinsk, Alamo
Better economically to incorporate
The independently produced Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) of Alamo incorporation is a conservative document. It reports the audited, county-certified costs, including law enforcement, that Contra Costa County presently spends on services to Alamo and adjusts those costs for inflation for 10 years.
It adds the state-required 10 percent surplus and conservatively adds another 10 percent contingency to protect against any low cost projections.
It itemizes the revenues reported by the state and the county that would come to an incorporated Alamo, adjusting those revenues for inflation at a lower rate than the inflation rate for costs.
It shows "a healthier-than-average nest egg" (San Ramon Valley Times, Aug. 9, 2008) in all funds for the new town - general fund, roads fund, and parks fund - for 10 years.
It is the only state-managed CFA ever performed on a community looking to incorporate in Contra Costa County.
Contra Costa County, Alamo's present local government, recently disclosed a $1.7 billion unfunded liability for employee benefits. It must cut services and dramatically increase revenue-generating development in the unincorporated areas to struggle to stay fiscally afloat.
In the current economic climate, I will vote, for fiscal reasons, to incorporate Alamo.
Jeanne Tate, Alamo
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