August 23, 2002
There are many perceptions going around Douglas County right now concerning how the Carson Valley should grow in the future. Here are a few perceptions that I am aware of.
1. The county commissioners and the district attorney perceive that they are following the master plan even though there have been 40 master plan amendments approved out of 46 requested since 1996.
2. The county commissioners and the district attorney perceive that the Sustainable Growth Committee and the supporters of the initiative to manage growth are made up of only moneyed new comers. The Sustainable Growth Committee and the supporters are made up of people from all walks of life. Some have been here 50 years and some have been here one year.
3. The county commissioners and the district attorney perceive that only a small group of 5,000 people supports the Sustainable Growth Initiative. Most of the people in the Valley support sustainable growth.
4. The county commissioners and the district attorney perceive that rapid growth at the north end of the valley is the answer to repaying their redevelopment debt. Growth never pays for itself, let alone pays off debt. Growth costs money. New infrastructure like roads, schools, sewage treatment, and water systems all cost the taxpayer money.
5. The county commissioners and the district attorney perceive that a hydrology (water) study has never been done and that we have plenty of water in this arid, high desert community. A hydrology (water) study was done in 1996 and adopted into the master plan. It states that the annual recharge in the Nevada portion of the Carson Valley is 35,000 acre-feet per year. Last year we used 29,000 acre-feet. The Gardnerville Ranchos wells are having problems meeting their demands. Several Johnson Lane residents have had to redrill their wells. Several Ruhenstroth residents have had to redrill their wells. China Spring has to have outside water brought in because they are out of water.
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6. Douglas County’s district attorney and the court perceive that the voters do not have the right to vote on community growth issues. Is Nevada going to become a state run completely by the government? Does the government know what is best for the people or do the people know what is best for the people?
Why are the county commissioners, the district attorney, and the courts so opposed to Sustainable Growth? Why are our elected officials calling the voting public names? Why are our elected officials so angry about the public view on community growth?
I recently learned something new about voting. When you are voting at the ballot box and you don’t want to vote for the person or persons who are running, even if they are running unopposed, leave the box empty. The fewer the votes, the easier it is to recall.