Revenue, Bonds, Taxes, Lollipops
Over the last few weeks, City Council has planned for next year's bond and tax increases. Some infrastructure are key for the City's health. Whatever side of the Desert Discovery Center you are on, we all agree its a wedge issue to other capital discussions. If City Hall has enough money to build this tourist event center, they don't need money for roads. If City Hall will sell our Preserve, what won't they sell? Why are some Councilpeople so fixated on bonds?
Guy Phillips is listening to the residents, and leading. He is using a sales tax increase to build consensus around what most of us believe are critical, non-political infrastructure needs for the good of the City. His approach takes advantage of matching funds, has a deadline, and avoids the quagmire of the unpopular Desert Discovery Center.
Kathy Littlefield spelled it out at the last Council meeting. The disconnect, frustration, distrust of the vision.
Milhaven, Smith and Korte tried to jam an extra $30M into the omnibus $350 bond ask at the very last minute. They gasp and guffaw when people express their distrust. You are reading this all wrong. The people have complete trust in your vision of density, development, compromised infrastructure and special interests. We trust that you will not change.
Our ballot initiative is ahead-of-pace. It will permanently stop the $68,000,000 DDC boondoggle. Citizens can then have clear non-politicized choices for bond projects in 2020, after critical infrastructure needs are addressed. Its a good compromise for everyone. The only loser is Sam Campana and her lobbyists looking to get rich at the expense of the taxpayers. Awww, so sad for Sam, she won't get her cushy $250,000 a year job running an empty museum.
Join us at City Council this coming Tuesday May 1 at 5pm. We will have unlimited dums-dums for your enjoyment. Wear your shirts, bring your signs, bring a great attitude, let's have fun!
Howard Myers wrote a good, long read on the bonds, the impact, and the Preserve. Check it out here.
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