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New DMV facility a waste of money

The Aug. 31 article in The Union about a “New $7.8 million DMV facility planned on the current site” surprised and upset me. I was surprised because of the excessive cost, and upset because we, the tax payers, cannot afford it!

According to The Union’s article, the 1.5-acre site has a 6,862 square foot building. 5,000 square feet is currently used by the CHP and the other 1,862 square feet by the DMV. Spokesperson Jessica Gonzales said that the facility was “woefully deficient” and undersized and not compliant with current California Building Codes. Jessica’s rational has two components. First, that the facility is “undersized” and second, that it is “deficient.” Given that the CHP will vacate the facility by the spring of 2013, why do we need to build a new facility that will be nearly the same size? Her argument that it is non compliant with current California Building Codes is a non-relevant smoke screen.

We the taxpayers simply cannot afford to have our bureaucrats suggest that we destroy an existing facility because they want something new. It is private business and their employees that create the wealth that allows the government to exist. So, when taxes get so oppressive that business people and their employees cannot survive, then, government also cannot survive. We in California are on the verge of bankruptcy! Somehow, the adults in California need to stand up and say enough! Remodel the DMV facility if it needs renovation, but do not destroy a building just to build something new.

Ann Driver

Rough and Ready

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