I am extremely frustrated and have no idea where to turn or what to do. I have owned a 35 acre parcel of land in Cameron Park for over 12 years — a parcel that I own outright and have paid over $30,000 in property taxes since purchasing in 1999. My frustration is due to the unbelievably high cost to obtain a building permit. During these most challenging economic times, I just cannot believe that El Dorado County requires some $60,000 to $90,000 simply for me to pull a permit to build a modest home for my wife and two children.
What in the world are these policy makers thinking, who exactly are they and what gives them the right to demand such unrealistic fees? Was there a public vote on the matter? Please tell me that I am asleep and am having a horrible nightmare, then pinch me so that I may awake. At the end of the day, I am absolutely shocked, disgusted and dismayed that my land is being held hostage by these politicians and that due to short-sighted policies like these that the local economy remains in tatters. Because of these crooks — honest, hard-working folks like myself cannot build, live, enrich, invest and spend our hard-earned dollars in the El Dorado community — a community that we chose and hoped to live in over a decade ago … a community that I fear I will never be able to be part of.