Preliminary research identified almost 300 businesses operating and paying sales tax within the proposed Alamo boundaries. Issues such as street maintenance and support of a local government have been directly addressed in the Initial Fiscal Analysis (IFA) and listed as expenses. When the Town of Alamo is incorporated we WILL have sufficient funds to manage both and STILL have a surplus.
Mr. Erickson chooses to continue the myth that incorporation adds an additional layer of government whereas in truth city officials and a staff of 15 would replace 10,000 county staff and officials. We will be represented by this council and staff in Alamo, who know Alamo, and whose only obligation is to Alamo.
Mr. Erickson compares us to Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda with the warning that we would become like them. While collecting signatures, I spoke with a number of residents from those communities, and most stated they were pleased they had incorporated. They felt their condition IMPROVED by becoming cities. We have learned from their city council members and staffs, who were generous in providing time for us. However, Alamo is not exactly like any other community and it is precisely because we want to maintain its positive aspects that incorporation is essential.
I urge everybody to visit the Web site Alamoinc.org where more questions are addressed; read the IFA and draw your own conclusions. More than 3,100 individuals, in fewer than nine weeks, signed the petition to proceed with a detailed study on the feasibility of incorporation so those who want to learn more are not just a "few." While each of us may have a personal preference that should and must be respected, it is hoped that opinions will be based on research and data.
Stephen A. Goodman and his family have lived in Alamo for 27 years.