I have read Phil Erickson's decrying the need for incorporation in Alamo. It appears his attitude is: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." It may not be broke right now, but it will be soon.
Yes, Alamo is a wonderful place to live. No, we don't want a lot to change. But change is happening. It will pick up speed in the next few years, and the vast majority of that change will not be good for Alamo.
All of Alamo's services are provided by Contra Costa County. Many of these services are great or at least adequate. But the county is siphoning off money from our Alamo tax dollars to pay for services to the less fortunate sectors of the county, and every year that amount is increasing. Furthermore, the county's pension and health care plans are projected to be unable to pay their mandated benefits as early as three years from now. The county is a huge, inefficient bureaucracy. It has many more employees now providing services to Alamo than we will need if incorporated. All of them draw benefits when they get sick or retire. Where do you think the county is going to get the money to pay them?
If we incorporate, we will still contract with the county for some of our services, such as the Sheriff's Department, and initially, the Building Department, parks and recreation, etc. Alamo's government will be lean, and gradually we will take over things the county provides to us at vast expense but we feel we can do more efficiently.
The incorporation study found there will be a surplus of tax money for at least the first three years after incorporation and maybe longer, and we can sustain ourselves on our tax base for many years to come.
Belinda Hylinski, Alamo
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