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Opposition grows for Measure D

The Nevada City City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose Measure D, which calls for a process to reimburse property owners who claim their land was devalued because of Nevada County regulations.

Nevada City joined Grass Valley and Truckee in opposing the initiative.

Critics say Measure D could cost up to $10 million a year in county general funds, jeopardizing the county’s ability to pay for public services.

Supporters claim Measure D’s fiscal impact is unknown because the claims procedure has been written, Measure D proponent Russ Steele told the City Council.

Supervisor Peter Van Zant, who has campaigned against Measure D, said the initiative could also dilute the county’s general plan and dumb down the land-use process.

Councilmen who spoke before the vote said they are concerned by Measure D’s potential financial impact on the city.

“I don’t see how any board could support (Measure D),” Councilman Tom Balch said.

Mayor David McKay called the language of Measure D “very, very vague. It is scary.”

Rene Antonson, a write-in candidate for supervisor in District 4, said he opposes Measure D.

After the vote, he said he has always opposed the initiative

because he does not know its fiscal impacts. “They can’t tell me,” he said, referring to the measure’s supporters. “I don’t know.”

Van Zant, whom National Public Radio interviewed on Measure D last week, said he was surprised by the council’s unanimous vote because it’s so controversial.

Steele said he was not surprised by the vote, but is still confident. “We’re not going to lose,” he also said. “No way.”

Oregon’s state Supreme Court ruled against a similar measure Oct. 4, saying it was unconstitutional.

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