Philomath residents need to vote "no" on Measure 2-102, the Chapel Drive annexation. Please ask yourselves this question — will the annexation and development of 660 homes on 150 acres improve your life? Will it reduce your taxes? Decrease traffic? Enhance your children’s school experience? In reality this will increase the population by at least 40 percent, increasing traffic on an already congested highway and stress our fragile water resource. The risk of rezoning is likely and could result in apartments, accelerating growth even more.

The negative impact of this massive development becomes personal to all of us as we drive on the highway and surrounding roads. The reality is that we are affected by ALL of the explosive growth in the area. There are also numerous student complexes planned for Philomath and the nearby area at this time.

Do we want Philomath to continue to become a bedroom community for Corvallis and accommodate the population spillover without really benefiting the current residents? We would like to maintain a unique community with its wonderful qualities.

Be aware that once annexation occurs the process does not prevent bad decisions and history proves that developments go forward regardless of inadequate resources, improper planning and safeguards.

Philomath can and should grow but this growth needs to be defined as sensible and positive. It should not be a burden to current and future residents. It should have adequate resources, commerce, jobs. It should enrich our lives.

Please vote "no" on Measure 2-102.

Jon Bendixen

Philomath (Oct. 18)

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