Argument against Measure F (April 13, 2017)
If Measure F passes, politicians can add costly new debt service fees to your water bill to repay up to $150 MILLION IN DEBT, PLUS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS MORE IN INTEREST. What politicians aren’t telling you is that Measure F will cost you hundreds of dollars a year for decades.
APPLE VALLEY SHOULD LEARN FROM SIMILAR SITUATIONS in California.
In Felton, government took over the local water system, RESULTING IN A 67% WATER RATE INCREASE for residents. In Claremont, a judge rejected the city’s eminent domain takeover and TAXPAYERS ARE NOW OBLIGATED TO PAY NEARLY $14 MILLION to pay both sides’ legal fees.
Apple Valley’s private lawyers are the same ones who just LOST the similar lawsuit in Claremont. Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin studied the evidence. He ruled THE GOVERNMENT WATER TAKEOVER WOULDN’T LOWER WATER BILLS and DRINKING WATER QUALITY COULD BE COMPROMISED.
“Your Apple Valley lawyers made promises they couldn’t prove. Now, taxpayers are liable for $14 million in legal fees with nothing to show for it,” Claremont resident Donna Lowe said. “Apple Valley, don’t make the same mistake. Vote NO on F.”
MEASURE F COULD SADDLE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH MASSIVE DEBT FOR 30 YEARS. We get HIGHER BILLS, and drinking water safety could be compromised. IN FACT NOT A PENNY of Measure F’s $150 million debt GOES TO PROVIDE SAFER DRINKING WATER.
Independent expert studies provide important facts: “Advocates of government takeovers typically identify the elimination of ‘profits’ and taxes as two sources of financial benefits from a change in ownership. THERE IS NO SOUND BASIS IN ACCOUNTING OR ECONOMICS TO SUPPORT THE EXPECTATION OF REAL BENEFITS TO RATEPAYERS, IN THE FORM OF LOWER BILLS, from the elimination of these sources.” (Source: 2017 Analysis Group Study)
Read the full study at www.NoOnMeasureF.org
Join us. Vote “NO” to $150 million in new debt. VOTE “NO” ON MEASURE F.
Peter Allan — FORMER MAYOR, TOWN OF APPLE VALLEY
Diana Carloni-O’Malley — APPLE VALLEY CITIZENS FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY Bryen Wright - APPLE VALLEY REALTOR®
Pat Hanson — PROPONENT, APPLE VALLEY CITIZENS FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON DEBT ACT