Candidate now backs Measure D |

Candidate now backs Measure D

A candidate for Nevada County’s 4th District supervisor has come out in favor of Measure D, a property claims initiative on the November ballot.

After weeks of refusing to take a position on the measure, Robin Sutherland said she now backs it.

“I’ve weighed out all sides, and I’m going to support it,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland first announced support for the measure at a debate in North San Juan on Oct. 7.

Her opponents, Supervisor Elizabeth Martin and write-in candidate Rene Antonson, oppose Measure D.

The measure proposes to set up a claims process through the Nevada County courts that would reimburse property owners if county rules or decisions reduce the value of their proposed development.

Sutherland said the measure is needed as a check on county government, noting the case of Dick Tracy, a landowner who claims his lot split cost him $50,000.

“As long as the appointees and managerial staff are allowed to use discretion, rather than rules and regulations, we definitely need protection against an undisciplined government,” said Sutherland.

Sutherland is skeptical that Measure D would cost the county millions of dollars – one of the biggest criticisms leveled against it – because the study states the authors don’t accept responsibility for its conclusions.

A county-funded study by Seifel Consulting of San Francisco said it was probable the county would incur costs of $3 million to $10 million in claims in any one year.

The report said its figures were estimates and could end up being higher or lower. The author stated she could not guarantee the data provided for the study.

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