I support Cityhood for the Arden Arcade area unconditionally. We have the ability and wherewithal to assume responsibility for our own municipal services - including public safety, infrastructure and economic development - while living within our means, with a balanced budget and ample reserves every year - with no new taxes, no new debt and no burdensome overhead. Every independent expert and accountable public official including our own County Supervisors agreed. Our other alternatives are dismal: (a) continue to rely on the broke and indebted County to maybe some day stop by and improve our neighborhoods and business environment instead of stripping off our revenues and using them elsewhere, or (
get absorbed by the City of Sac with its similar economic condition, already analyzing moving money from assets into the general fund (horrible!), and voter willingness for new taxes to make ends meet. Why would we choose either of those alternatives that will lead to continued deterioration of our community? The best government is local government, which is what we're talking about here: a replacement (not more) government with local leaders whom we choose who are accountable to their neighbors, making decisions that affect all of us. We can do better. We deserve better. There is no better time than now: Let's stop the bleeding and start building our community and civic pride. The risk lies in doing nothing, continuing the status quo. Opponents know this and have chosen to avoid public debate since being called on their "misrepresentations." They can't support their claims - they have no independent experts, only haphazard guesses and emotional ploys. BTW, we can call ourselves anything we want. Change is hard, but this time it's the only reasonable choice, and it's a GREAT one. Vote YES on Measure D so we can grow together. Thank you.