Fwd: ESCAFCA Update

To: La Mesa residents

The following message from Ron Overley in Sundance Mesa may be of interest to you. As a reminder, ESCAFCA was one of the reasons our property taxes went up about 50% last year. The La Mesa HOA Board stays out of politics and elections, but we thought you would like to read this.

Ron’s attachment is a scan of a recent Albuquerque Journal Article. Rather than sending that, I refer you to the Albuquerque Journal, West Section / Rio Rancho, Saturday, August 07, 2010.
http://www.abqjournal.com/west/0702728riorancho08-07-10.htm (This requires you to have a Journal Internet subscription to read.)

Speaking for myself, I would like to thank Joann English for offering to serve on the ESCAFCA Board.


*** forwarded message ***
From: Ron Overley <roverley@comcast.net>
To: …
Subject: ESCAFCA Update
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:52:14 -0600

Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority. Just in case you forgot.

Good Day Everyone,

I believe most of you know I am part of a committee of Placitas citizens (10 of us) focused on making sure our Placitas voice and needs are heard by the ESCAFCA Board. In case you do not know ESCAFCA is a primary reason for your recent property tax increase.

We have been working hard and we were successful in getting the Governor to appoint one of our group (Bob Gorrell) to the Board. At the last meeting the Board was set to vote on an operating budget of 1 mill. With Bob’s voice on the Board and some participation from the group the budget was cut $100,000.00 to 0.68 mill. This is a great first start.

There is much work left to be done. Bob’s appointment only runs to the end of 2010. We have presented petitions and have been successful in getting two Placitas residents on the November ballot. There will be three people running, two from Placitas and one from Bernalillo. You will be able to vote for two and we need to get our candidates elected so we have representation on this important board with broad taxing authority.

Our two candidates are:

Doris Faust: Sundance Mesa Lawyer for the NM Legislature. Doris is very familiar with the law as it relates to ESCAFCA and will be a valuable addition to the Board and a strong supporter of the needs of Placitas.

JoAnn English: La Mesa Engineer. She has a strong ackground in the work ESCAFCA will be doing and we believe an important addition to the Board and voice for the needs of Placitas.

Attached is an article from the Journal about the budget reduction. I will keep you informed as we move closer to the November elections. Feel free to share this email with anyone else who may be interested in Placitas.



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