How is it that our elected officials, after year’s of uncontrolled and poorly managed growth, could ever consider placing the burden of their bad decisions once again on the backs of their constituents? Here we go again with yet another creative tax!! To me a logical position would be to slow down our rapid growth and come up with real solutions for managing this monster that has taken years to create.
I attended hundreds of City Council meetings between 1969 and 2007 while working for a local municipality. During many of these meetings I would watch smooth talking developers sell their projects to eager politicians who wanted to expand their particular City’s tax base. Whenever the public questioned or protested the particular project with concerns of added traffic; inadequate infrastructure to support the added growth; impacts on schools, parks, libraries, etc., the answer was always the same……….”Well the developer will be required to improve the streets within a short distance of the project and/or they are also going to add a signalized intersection. They will pay the required fees, such as; School, Park Development, Public Art and others. Often, however, these fees would be greatly reduced. Trust us there will be no negative impact was often the Council’s response”.
Well guess what? All you have to do is look at the entire County to see what these bad decisions have created. Gridlock on most of our roads and highways is now the norm. I say enough is enough. Tell our elected officials we are sick and tired of their lack of vision and leadership. Lets solve our failing, and/or inadequate infrastructure before we add more living dwellings.
DON ANDERSON, Escondido