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Perspective - November 16, 2007

Alamo residents will decide

The Alamo Incorporation Movement committee delivered its application to the Local Agency Formation Commission last week along with the required signatures requesting a feasibility study on the prospective cityhood of Alamo. If LAFCO finds incorporation is not feasible for Alamo, the issue will be dead. If LAFCO decides incorporation is feasible, residents will vote on the issue. LAFCO would also decide on the proper structure for an incorporated Alamo, and the residents would choose city council members as they vote for or against incorporation.

Despite opposition, which says Alamo does not have the tax base to support itself, AIM has continued to move determinedly forward toward its goal of incorporation. In two months, its volunteers collected 3,100 signatures asking for the study. The petition requires signatures from 25 percent of the population so AIM collected a comfortable margin in case the elections office, which checks the signatures, finds some not to be viable. The total incorporation process costs about $250,000. The first chunk, $8,000, was paid when the application was turned in. AIM is currently fundraising for the second part, due in January.

But the efforts of AIM can only go so far. In the end, the residents of Alamo will be the ones to determine their own future. If an incorporated Alamo is found to be feasible, including an environmental review, and LAFCO approves the application, an election will be scheduled. The voters would have to approve incorporation by a simple majority, or one vote over 50 percent.

Both sides have had many supporters so far. When the important election finally comes, estimated by AIM for March 2009, the pros and cons will be presented and even more thoroughly debated. At that point we would finally find out whether the majority of Alamo residents really want to incorporate or not.

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