Vote YES to voting in Frisco
April 7, 2009
Smoke and mirrors On the one hand, Frisco politicians are encouraging you to let your voice be heard and to make sure you vote in the upcoming election. They say your vote and your voice are important, so please vote. So far, so good. Here is the odd part: They then conclude Use your right to vote, to end your right to vote. Vote against voting. You have to ask. Why would -vote against voting? Here are the politicians reasons. Politicians have claimed that votes will scare away developers. Seventeen developers just answered the towns Request for Qualification for the Peak One development, one week before a citizen vote. Good developers welcome citizen involvement in public land projects. Seventeen developers have cleared the smoke and shown the towns arguments are misleading.Politicians have claimed that a vote will stop affordable housing. Frisco voters are very supportive of affordable housing, voting three times to raise their own taxes to fund it. Voters have cleared the smoke and shown the politicians do not know our values. Politicians have claimed that this is a NIMBY measure, designed to cater to neighbors only. The facts are that a vote of the entire town washes out any narrow interests. Think about it. How can 20 or so votes from neighbors, impact an election of 1,500 voters from all over town? Special interests can only be served when politicians make decisions. The smoke clears. Politicians have claimed we dont need to be concerned about new parks or open space. They say we have the National Forest. Try pushing a stroller or flying a kite in the forest. Voters know the difference and will find the right balance in land use decisions.We hungered for change in our town council, and elected several new members who, as citizens, had fought hard in prior land votes. Yet these new members have now adopted the old line, We dont want citizen land votes. Politicians change, but institutions remain the same. Frisco residents still want a voice. The time to vote YES is now. The town council will decide the fate of the Peak One parcel and the Peninsula Recreation Area this year. Next year, it will be the 9.4 acre Interstate parcel and three Miners Creek parcels. All without votes.A YES vote will guarantee up-front proactive votes, rather than the forced reactive votes of the past. This will bring our community together, and as a whole, we can decide the best uses, and develop the highest quality plans, for our last parcels of community land. A YES vote will ensure the vote we have fought so hard for. This is the seventh vote on land issues in Frisco. It is clear Frisco citizens want to vote on our community land. Keep small town participatory democracy alive in Frisco. Vote YES on your right-to-vote, and lets work together as a community to preserve the character of Frisco. Don Cacace represents the group Friends of Frisco Open Space.