As I sit back and ponder the future of Vail and the upcoming election that will determine whether it becomes an incorporated town, I ask myself the question: Am I really touting government as a solution to government?

Sounds bureaucratic and somewhat backward for a small-government proponent like myself. Distrust of government is at its highest since 2007; a recent Gallup Poll shows that only 42 percent of Americans believe the federal government is capable of handling domestic issues. I can only surmise that the feeling of distrust eventually permeates into state and local governments as well.

Americans, Arizonans, Pima County residents and residents of the proposed town of Vail are frustrated by the lack of speed and bureaucratic hindrances that pervade the government they see on a daily basis. This frustration has turned into a banter for some to oppose virtually everything and accept the status quo because a known evil is generally more acceptable than the unknown.

The election on Nov. 5 has generated a series of questions for future Vail residents to consider: Questions of whether they want Tiny Vail or Big Pima County. Questions of whether the town will be financially solvent but not asking the same of the county. Questions of how the roads will be improved but not asking how that is happening now.

It is somewhat encouraging that people are asking these questions, but the real question is, why are they waiting to ask these questions now? Did they ask these questions prior to a group of volunteers coming up with the proposed solution of incorporation?

The debate should not be about Pima County vs. Vail and who is better at providing services. Pima County has been in existence since 1865 and certainly has experience at providing government services.

The debate is: Should the county be providing services to a rapidly growing suburban area, and is it at a disadvantage considering the county doesn’t receive income tax shared revenue from the state?

The debate is not whether the county has more financial resources than Vail, but what is its track record for using those resources in Vail?

We’ve already answered those questions.

More than three years of work is culminating in an incorporation effort, and now the residents within the proposed boundary have the opportunity to decide.

History is the best precedent, and incorporated towns have thrived. Not a single town or city in Arizona has failed. There has not been a mass exodus of people from Sahuarita or Marana, and the residents have not voted to implement a primary property tax.

Small government has achieved much in Southern Arizona, and it appears to be the option Vail residents are favoring because closer government is more in touch than the larger option.

A vote for the proposed town of Vail does not remove us from the county; we will continue to partner with the county for regional projects and regional safety. A vote for Vail simply states we’re ready to take the shared revenue and additional revenue that the county currently does not receive and begin to make decisions on providing essential services to the residents of Vail.

Small government is the solution to distrust in government. Vote for Vail on Nov. 5.

Scott J. Altherr, a professional civil engineer and former Santa Cruz County public works director and county engineer, is executive director of Citizens for Vail.