Re: Ballot Box Planning |

Re: Ballot Box Planning

Opponents of the Citizens’ Managed Growth Initiative would have you believe that your right to vote is a dangerous idea, which they call “ballot-box planning.”

Who are the people who would discourage your participation through fear tactics? They are the individuals who published their names in The Union, April 12, urging Grass Valley voters not to sign the petition to place the Managed Growth Initiative on the ballot. They are current and former city officials, the executive director and prominent members of the Contractors’ Association, large developers, business owners, etc.

Grass Valley’s General Plan allows for generous growth, and if it is followed, there will be no special elections. An election will be held only if the City Council wants to increase general plan numbers and zoning guidelines. Do not be mislead by scare tactics, i.e., taxes will increase. Property taxes cannot be raised except by a majority vote of the electorate (Proposition 13).

If you are among the 60 percent of our population who are concerned about increased traffic and over-development, please consider carefully this grass roots initiative, which will actively engage voters if the general plan is exceeded.

Diane Livingston

Grass Valley

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