WATSONVILLE—Watsonville voters will decide whether to amend the city’s urban limit line to allow for the possible annexation of approximately 95 acres of working farmland on June 4, with absentee ballots to go out a month before.
This week, arguments for and against the proposal, now officially called Measure T, were filed with the city clerk.
Amy Newell, co-chairwoman of the Committee to Save Jobs and Farmland, which has come out officially against the measure, said her group will file a rebuttal argument by Thursday and will ratchet up with a publicity campaign that will include public forums.
“Both sides will present their point of view, and we’ll let the voters decide,” Newell said.
Newell said her group believes that Measure U, which Watsonville voters approved in 2002, had established an urban-growth boundary for the city and identified a 20- to 25-year build-out plan after a hard-fought battle.
Measure U was the result of numerous workshops and meetings between community members, city and county officials and members of the business and agriculture communities, spanning a period of more than two years.
“Measure U gave the city hundreds of acres to develop,” Newell said. “We think the city should stick by the compromise that was worked out.”
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