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Alameda County Mosquito Assessment

Original post made by Bob, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 26, 2008

I'm not seeing anything in the papers about the Mosquito and Disease Control Assessment. Is it really something that has to be funded with a special assessment? It also seems strange that we have to have our vote in before the end of public input hearing meeting on April 30th? I guess we can all million of us can attend the meeting and turn our ballots in at the end of the meeting, but it seems like we ought to have some time AFTER the meeting to read about the comments and then vote.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 27, 2008 at 9:04 am

I read about this awhile ago at Web Link

This is also significant: Web Link


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 27, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Read somewhere, I think last year, that West Nile was found at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Wonder of the horses stabled there attract mosquitos. Could be that's why the nags I wagered on during '07 fair racing schedule have yet to cross the finish line.......I'm confident it has nothing to do with my ability to pick a winner.


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Posted by Jim Knowles
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 31, 2008 at 6:20 pm

My source of information is the "Official Notice and Ballot Information Guide".

In 1982, Measure K approved a special TAX for $1.75/year/single residence and was passed by 67.7%.
The proposed Mosquito and Disease Control ASSESSMENT for $5.00/2008-2009 year/single residence appears to be a way to avoid the Prop 13 mandate of 2/3 majority as the assessment requires only a weighted majority approval.

* So it appears that by making it an ASSESSMENT vs a TAX we avoid the Prop 13 mandate.
* There is no suggestion that the tax will be replaced by the assessement so the total will be $6.75/year/single residence.
* The assessment "may be continued in future years" and can be adjusted for inflation by up to 3%/year.

I've no reason to suspect that the district's technical employees are not doing a fine job; I do wonder about the lack of clarity in the Official Notice and Ballot Information Guide.

I await feedback before I place my ballot in the mail.

PS Stacy thanks for your web links.
Mathew Artz (InsideBayArea.com) seems to get mixed up in his characterization of assessment and taxes and while it may be the district's intent to drop the $1.75 tax if the assessment is approved, it does not so state in the Ballot Information Guide.


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Posted by Milt
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 2, 2008 at 5:05 am

Advice: AVOID ALL ASSESSMENTS!

You will find they are very difficult to reverse or eliminate and yes, it IS a way the "Public Servants" uphold the will of the people when we passed the hard-fought Prop 13 issue.

Don't you think - as far as "assessments" go - that this would be a good time to ASSESS the performance of our "Public Servants" to determine WHO, exactly they are serving?


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Posted by Milt
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 2, 2008 at 5:09 am

What I mean here is this is a way the "Public Servants" do NOT uphold the will of the people when we passed Prop 13.

The intent of Prop 13 was to LIMIT their spending - not re-name it!


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