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Who finally pays for NH 2020?

Good to see NH 2020 back on the front page with the article on the proponents winning the war on the NH 2020 signs and getting the law to aide them in stepping on free speech rights of property owners.

I was concerned that NH 2020 may have become a fading issue after the primary, when the article on funding the initial study was buried on the second page. The lack of disclosure on how we expect to fund this program was as big an issue as stacking the CAC.

What’s the most disconcerting to me is the new “shifty” disclosure that we taxpayers have not been informed of the actual costs of the study itself. We were told from the beginning that the study would cost $ 220,000 and the Sierra Business Council would pick up the bill for two-thirds of the cost. Now we’re being told that, oh and by the way, staff time was not included in the estimate of costs for the study. Whether you’re for this program or not, I would think that every taxpayer would have an issue with this latest disclosure that the BOS hasn’t a clue of what the actual costs are going to be.

The question that needs to be asked is, whatever the amount that the study finally comes to, is the Sierra Business Council still going to pay two thirds of the final costs, or is the taxpayer going to be saddled with the blank check for the overages?

Go to the Web site for the NH 2020 program and read for yourself the reports from the working groups. It will give you an indication as to the size of the bureaucracy that would be needed to administrate the program and it isn’t difficult to figure out that a huge funding source would be required to fund the program. Your tax dollars.

I don’t know about you, but I’m taxed to death already, and the last thing we need in this county is bigger government.

Jim Crowley

Grass Valley

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