Tuesday, May 09, 2006

 

Way to go Mom! Boulder City hits the jackpot.

My mother moved to Boulder City, NV. 8 years ago. She has a beautiful view of Lake Mead and has watched housing prices double in part due to the fact that the municipal gov't of B.C. keeps a tight lid on development.

Now some local citizens want to cash in on 167 square miles owned by the city and distribute the money to the 15,000 residents.

They've developed a plan to cash in and make millionaires of every man, woman and child in this community of about 15,000. (It's too late to move. Only people living here as of March 31 qualify.)

The land is called Eldorado Valley, an expanse of dry lake bed flanked by red rocks.

Activists estimate the land's value up to $50 billion. They also say that is too much dough and too much responsibility for a bungling City Council to handle. The group insists its first choice is to protect that land. Still, if the activists can't save the land, they want to profit from it.

Profit, I pick profit. My mother and her husband could be in line for their share of this windfall. Good for you. Now about that flying car... Of course, there are your fair share of anti-growth activists morons:

"I would have to say that, almost universally, the people who live here in Boulder City favor slow growth to no growth," City Attorney Dave Olsen said.

Still, others oppose everything in between, including tourism, parks and economic development, he said.

"There is a consistent, vocal group of people here, not unlike just about every little town in the country, that many have affectionately dubbed, 'The Cave People.' " Olsen said. "That's 'Citizens Against Virtually Everything.' "

He is confident the land-sale petition will be shot down in court. He argues the March 31 residency cutoff date is arbitrary and unfair to longtime residents who may have moved recently.

Citizen petitions and charter amendments cannot interfere with administrative duties assigned to the city government by the charter, Olsen said. Selling land is one of those duties.

More fundamental, the city attorney said, the land doesn't belong to the residents of Boulder City in the first place.

Details, details. I am sure that Attorney Olsen is not that worried if he doesn't get his share of the loot. However, there are some residents of Boulder City who could really use the money. "What about the children!"

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