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# To prevent overcrowding, last month the town zoning board

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To prevent overcrowding, last month the town zoning board limited the number of new buildings that can be constructed in the town in any given year. The board claims that doing so will preserve open spaces and lessen the strain on municipal resources such as schools and garbage disposal. Critics of the changes argue that the plan will harm the community or, at the very least, will fail in its purpose.

Which of the following most supports the claims of the critics of the plan?
A) Other towns have had mixed success with similar zoning plans.
B) No new schools have been built in the town in ten years.
C) Property taxes in the town are higher than in neighboring towns.
D) Under the new plan, developers may still erect apartment buildings.
E) The nearest garbage dump is several miles away from the town.

Guys, need ur help!!! I have 2 strong answers to this question - C) and D)...

I can understand why D is correct... It's crystal clear

But, I can't prove why C is wrong... IMHO, C is right too bcos it attacks the zoning board's premise (The premise is to limit no. of new buildings in order to save the town's resources)... So, if we turn the situation around and state that if the town limits the no. of new buildings, the town's revenue in terms of property tax would decrease ----> diminishing the very precious resources that the zoning board is trying to protect... Wouldn't this be enough to weaken the board's stand?
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11 Aug 2009, 06:46
I think you misinterpreted the word 'resources' in this case.

First, the plan is to prevent overcrowding.

strain on municipal resources such as schools and garbage disposal ==> strain is not financial but the capacity (overcrowding/over-usage)
Now if you see C is irrelevant.
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11 Aug 2009, 07:21
Hmm, I seem to see it a bit clearer now.

That means that resources in this context is not in financial form...

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14 Aug 2009, 17:47
cialit0506 wrote:
But, I can't prove why C is wrong... IMHO, C is right too bcos it attacks the zoning board's premise (The premise is to limit no. of new buildings in order to save the town's resources)... So, if we turn the situation around and state that if the town limits the no. of new buildings, the town's revenue in terms of property tax would decrease ----> diminishing the very precious resources that the zoning board is trying to protect... Wouldn't this be enough to weaken the board's stand?

Your reasoning is correct, but the question is to support critics' claim, and the critics' claim is that at the very least, it will fail in its purpose, and the purpose is preserve open spaces and lessen the strain on municipal resources such as schools and garbage disposal the purpose is not about earning property tax revenues... hope this helps..
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