These are not matters of opinion but documented facts. For example, opponents claim that there are no funds for road maintenance in the fiscal study. Nonsense - the funds are clearly documented at $750,000/year for our 56 miles of public roads and clearly sufficient to meet our maintenance needs. They claim the new town could be in deficit at the end of the second year. Also nonsense - there is no set of assumptions that could cause this since the County provides services for the first year, and Alamo will receive about $5 million in fund transfers from the County in the second year. They claim there are no funds for parks and recreation programs - more nonsense. The County will transfer $3 million in accumulated park funds on top of the $800,000 per year that Alamo will receive in R-7A tax revenues.
The opponents misrepresent Vehicle License Fee revenues. Since 2004, newly incorporated cities are paid before all other cities under a per capita formula with a floor. Our Vehicle License Fee revenue is stable and unaffected by low auto sales.
We could go on - but we're sure you get the point. Our opponents will say anything, no matter how false, to defeat Alamo incorporation.
What makes this worse is that Linda Best and Cecily Barclay, who wrote a recent article repeating these lies, are sophisticated community members. Best is a long-time political consultant who has had many developers as clients. Barclay is a land-use attorney married to the president of Centex Homes West. They have to know their arguments are fundamentally untrue. You can read a detailed item by item rebuttal of their false statements on our Web site at www.alamoinc.org.
We believe that incorporating Alamo gives us control over our own future. It takes advantage of Alamo's stable property tax base: Alamo's assessed values increased 5 percent in 2008 and mean home prices rose 2 percent in Q4 2008 while the County's fell almost 50 percent. The Town of Alamo will be managed for all Alamo citizens. Objective observers, including the local press, all of whose publications endorse a Yes vote on incorporation, agree that there are sufficient revenues to maintain and even improve Alamo services. The County is broke - let's manage our own future and not succumb to an electoral strategy based upon lies.
David Dolter is a former City Manager, former VP Centex Homes, and director of Alamo Incorporation Movement