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Vote no on Measure 34-199

Public rail transit systems measure would tie King City's hands


A ballot measure regarding "voter approval of city resources for 'public rail transit systems'" will be on the ballot in King City in the Sept. 18 special election. The bottom line is that if the measure passes, the city must hold a special election to do anything regarding an existing or planned rail system except when public safety concerns arise.

This effectively ties the city’s hands to have any input in a future system that may someday pass right by King City's front door.

Whether or not King City participates in discussions and planning for the future of the region, decisions are going to be made.

Even if King City officials decide that holding a special election to allow them to participate in an event is worth the $3,300 that the election would cost, the advance planning it would take would make it impractical.

King City voters should allow their elected officials to represent the city and make decisions based on what they think is best for the residents.

Instead of tying the council's collective hands, residents should take a pro-active approach and run for a City Council seat, come to council meetings and voice their opinions, and/or volunteer to serve on committees that provide input into council decisions.

The Regal Courier urges voters to vote no on the measure.