Organization forms to fight Measure D |

Organization forms to fight Measure D

A group of current and former Nevada County supervisors, a retired district attorney and other political and business leaders have organized to oppose Measure D, a property rights claims initiative appearing on the November ballot.

The group, Taxpayers Against Measure D, announced its plans in a press release Thursday, with former Supervisor Sam Dardick characterizing the measure as a “fiscally reckless scheme” with vague language that threatens to take money from public services.

“We feel that the voters need to be educated on the impact this will have,” 1st District Supervisor Peter Van Zant said late Thursday afternoon. “This will be devastating to our planning budget.” Former District Attorney Harold Berliner is also a member of the group.

In the ballot argument for Measure D, backers write that the measure “protects property rights of all current and future landowners, large or small” and that it would “clear away current roadblocks that make the legal process too expensive for the average citizen to fight wrongful takings” of their land.

The claims initiative was placed on the ballot in July after supervisors rejected a legal challenge to the measure, which stemmed from a study suggesting Nevada County could be hit with $3 million to $10 million a year in claims from property owners whose projects are blocked by the county.

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