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Grass Valley to examine Measure D

Measure D, the much-debated property claims initiative, will be discussed Tuesday by the Grass Valley City Council.

City Councilman Steve Enos has proposed a resolution opposing Measure D, which, if approved at the Nov. 5 general election, will set up a claims process to reimburse landowners who claim their land has lost value because of county.

The measure could cost the county as much as $10 million a year in claims, according to its opponents.



At the request of Nevada City Mayor David McKay, Supervisor Peter Van Zant has prepared a four-page list of the services whose loss or reduction would affect city residents if Measure D passes. The list, which was also sent to Grass Valley Mayor Linda Stevens, includes library, bus transit, senior and veterans services, and county road maintenance.

The Truckee Town Council directed town staff Sept. 19 to draft a resolution against the measure. If passed, the measure would be difficult to apply, a town staff report said.




But the Grass Valley City Council could vote differently Tuesday.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do about it,” Stevens said Friday. “I’m not sure it should even be before the council. It does not affect the city very much at all.”

City Councilwoman DeVere Mautino also was not thrilled by the proposal.

“We should stay out of it,” Mautino said. “I think that it would not be appropriate for us to vote one way or another.”

Councilman Gerard Tassone said Friday he is against Measure D, yet he doesn’t know how he will vote Tuesday.

“I want to hear all of it,” he said.

Vice Mayor Patti Ingram said Saturday she supports the measure and does not think the City Council should vote on the resolution. “I think it’s inappropriate for us to take a position on that measure. It’s an issue that needs to be decided by the voters of Nevada County.”

The Nevada City City Council could consider a similar proposal Oct. 15, a staff report to the Grass Valley council said.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Grass Valley City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

INFORMATION: 274-4310


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