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Vol. 17  No. 21 Final Edition
Clovis Free Press

Wednesday, March 28, 2001
City Hall's High-Tech Toybox
Council's Vision Sends Wrong Message!

By Amy Williams, Clovis News Staff Writer

    CLOVIS -- This week Clovis residents and businesses are being treated to a new and extravagant City high-tech toybox.
     It presents a greatly diminished image of what Clovis is all about and what it provides the community and its visitors for it's recent increase in City sales tax. The publication is the work of Vision One, a private for profit contract bidder which was awarded a City contract of nearly $57,000 in taxpayer's funds about six months ago.
     The project presents a digital version of what is apparently the City's vision and community values statement. Previously, the City's Web Site was provided free of charge by Clovis Unified School students as a valuable educational school learning experience.
      The new Vision project includes public access to satellite mapping of Clovis private property through a complicated utility that downloads extremely difficult and expensive digital parcel maps of the community.
      Also featured are maps and details on all the available residential and commercial property in Clovis. While City Hall tinkers with it's new high-tech toybox, there continues to be serious, unresolved issues facing taxpayers.
      Chief among these is the City Council's rapid expansion of the municipal infrastructure through condemnation proceeding and its expanding court calendar in litigation where the City is the defendant.
     In these times, there should be City vision toward conserving City traditions and revenues for that rainy day that will surely visit here once taxpayers are fed-up with spendthrift local government.
     The expenditure of City funds to replace the free Web Site with unnecessarily complex technology sends the wrong message.
     Worse yet, this City Hall Vision of the new Clovis lacks even a digital copy of the City Code, other City archives and ungraciously fails to include accessibility accommodations for its vision impaired taxpayers.

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