GV council opposes Measure D
The Grass Valley City Council voted Tuesday to oppose Measure D, which proposes a process to reimburse landowners whose land has lost value because of county regulations.
The vote to support a resolution against Measure D was 3-1-1.
Opponents say the property rights initiative could lead to costly lawsuits; limit the county’s ability to pay for library, sheriffs and other public services; and usurp the county’s ability to impose land-use restrictions.
Councilmen Steve Enos and Gerard Tassone and Mayor Linda Stevens voted for the resolution.
“I don’t think that all of the taxpayers of the county should be penalized for the few people that want to develop their property,” Stevens said Wednesday.
Tassone, who is running for re-election, compared supporting Measure D to gambling with public funds.
But Vice Mayor Patti Ingram, the other incumbent vying for another term, voted against the resolution. It’s an issue that needs to be dealt with by the voters, she said.
City Councilwoman DeVere Mautino abstained. “We don’t know if it’s going to cost millions,” she said before the vote.
Harry Wyeth, an opponent of the initiative, said Measure D is legally ambiguous and could be costly because there is no funding mechanism. “Taxpayers are going to pay for this,” he said.
But proponent Russ Steele said the initiative only asks that a fair process to reimburse landowners be put in place.
“The process hasn’t been set yet,” he said. “It’s impossible to know what the cost is.
“All the speculation about the cost and impact of Measure D at the Grass Valley City Council (Tuesday) is a collection of fantasies,” he said. “Measure D is a citizens’ initiative, and the Grass Valley City Council should no8t have pre-empted the voters.”
Supervisors Peter Van Zant and Bruce Conklin spoke against Measure D Tuesday. It is important for responsible voices like the City Council to take a stand, Van Zant said Wednesday.
“That’s a message to the folks that Measure D is not a good thing for Nevada County,” he said.
The Town of Truckee voted Sept. 19 to draft a resolution against Measure D. The Nevada City City Council will discuss the initiative Monday.
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