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Breaking News !!!   Today at 10:30 am 6-27-17

The Board of Supervisors votes to Cancel Lease Agreement on Black Hawk Off Highway Vehicle Park Property which in turn Kills the project. All Grants were predicated upon the purchase of the property owned by Margaret Jamison. The only no vote was from Supervisor Wheeler as expected. Like Supervisor Roger’s Coffee Kiosk the County has spent in excess of $100,000 with nothing to show for it. MOC has been asking for a Feasibility study at every HOV meeting for the past 2 years only to be told by the Supervisors there was no money for the study. Now maybe the County can concentrate on what is important - Fire Protections!!


Here we go again.  During the 2006 Madera County Supervisors race, Tom Wheeler and I attended many community meetings to meet residents in District 5.  At almost all of the meetings, Tal Cloud, representing VRPA Technologies Inc. was there pushing the benefits of approving Measure "T", the ½ cent sales tax for the "Transportation Measure".  
Mr. Cloud’s job was to convince Eastern Madera County residents to vote for the measure even though the Measure only identified two (2) out of twenty five (25) improvements for District 5.  Heading the priority list was to construct passing lanes between SR 145 and Road 200.  To date, this has been partially accomplished.  The eleventh listed priority under   Tier 1 listing was widening Highway 41 from Rd. 420 (top of Deadwood) to SR 49 from 2 to 4 lanes.  This was sold as a way to evacuate Oakhurst in case of fire and relieve week-end traffic.

The SR 41 to Rd. 420 has been dropped.  We were told, after the fact, that it would be too hard to build.  Only one of 25 tasks will benefit District 5 and we get to pay for the rest of Madera County’s plan for the "Streets and Highways Program".  When a measure is misrepresented, such as Measure "T", it cast doubts  on the "sales pitch" we are seeing now.
Now it is difficult for me to oppose Measure "L" when I feel the need for better Public Safety and my son is a Police Officer, but the Madera County Board of Supervisors should accept their responsibility to provide safety through property tax dollars like all other counties in the State.

We are being asked to increase our tax burden by approving a sales tax of one cent as described in the Measure "L" sales pitch.  The same VRPA Technologies Inc. has been selling us on the need to support Public Safety just like they did on the Measure "T" Transportation Plan.
Experience shows that the Plans can be changed after the public approves the Measure.  This is done by the Board of Supervisors appointed Oversight Committee.  We approve a contract, Measure "L" or "T", and they can change it without a consensus from the electorate.

It should be noted that the new measure is for the unincorporated areas of the County but both Madera City and Chowchilla will benefit by having the personnel and facilities that we paid for in close proximity.  Both cities should help pay for the convenience of ready-to-go Public Safety facilities. Just listen to the scanner any day and realize that they rely on unincorporated facilities every day.
While we, in District 5, are asked to pay for services that should be covered by property taxes, the County is pursuing other costly projects and ignoring the existing road hazards and lack of medical facilities in our communities.

If Measure "L" promises are changed, in the event it is approved, then the measure should be terminated until the voters approve the change.
I am voting NO on Measure "L" as submitted to us voters.

Respectfully,
Tony Ward, Ahwahnee

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Time of meeting is 6:00 P.M.
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