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State Fiscal Crisis and Local Government Budgets

Original post made by Hal Bailey, another community, on Dec 2, 2008

Dear Dolores,

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Posted by Rachel Wells
a resident of another community
on Dec 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Dear Editor:

Please review: Alamo Today, December 2008 issue, Page 23

Sharon Burke, Member, Alamo Incorporation Movement Committee, has provided a campaign release that supports incorporation during the current State and County financial crisis. There are major omissions from the campaign release that misrepresent the feasibility of incorporation.

The release does not explain the impact on the proposed town budget if the STATE withholds various tax revenues stated in the LAFCO CFA. Recently, Danville Town Government expressed concerns that such tax revenue sharing would be withheld by the State for budgetary reasons. LAFCO's CFA consultants explained, during the September approval meeting, that incorporation would not be feasibly if such tax revenue sharing was withheld.

The release does not explain the impact of a declining sales tax base created by the prospective loss of anchor stores in the Alamo Business District. The sale of Longs and Wachovia could end their location in the Alamo Business District. Block Buster and YardBIRDS have informed current investors in the business district of potential changes due to downturns in their business volume. There is a growing likelihood of further vacancies the Alamo business district due to downturn in sales volumes.

The release does not explain the impact of an increase in county contract-services fees from those stated in the LAFCO CFA. Neighboring cities have confirmed the county has notified cities that various contract-services including police will be provided at increased fees in 2009/2010. Other cities and districts have reported higher costs for police, fire, public works and similar services and would provide higher fees for contract-services to the proposed Town of Alamo.

All neighbors expect your news operations to fully review and report the impact of the State and County Financial Crisis on all cities and the proposed city for Alamo.

Rachel Wells
Ad hoc community committee
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods