Don’t be fooled by city’s campaign to raise taxes

2 Oct

When I got home from that Finance Committee meeting last week I took a look at the city’s most recent budget, approved unanimously last June by a city council that had already drank the $staff koolaid. Then I wrote a letter about what I learned to the Enterprise Record.

At the September Finance Committee meeting assistant city manager Chris Constantin reported that Chico’s older neighborhood streets have been neglected in favor of  streets in newer subdivisions. “Money that comes available is steered toward roads that are in better shape, rather than replacing ones that have effectively failed.”

Staff reported $6 million in RDA funding was used to put new streets in the subdivision on Hwy 32 east.  So, the city is borrowing money at a rate of $3 for every $1 spent to build new roads for developers, while we in older neighborhoods will drive over potholes that void the warranty on our tires.

Council and staff want a revenue measure for “street maintenance”, but whose streets are we talking about?

The city already taxes our utility services, for “use of infrastructure”. $6,674,000 in Utility Users Tax added to our PG&E, landline and water bills. $845,000 in franchise fees added to our cable tv bills, $675,000 to PG&E, and another $800,000 to garbage. Another $7,490,000 added to our vehicle license fees. $7,597,000 in property taxes.  Over $2,000,000 a year in gas tax. Shouldn’t  these revenues be directly applied to the streets?

Where does the money go? Well, for example, roughly $2,000,000 of approximately $2,700,000 in annual state gas tax receipts is transferred into the salary and benefits pit known as the General Fund. Staff has also created a special fund to pay down their $180,000,000 pension deficit, council approving a $1,000,000 fund transfer earlier this year. That amount increases annually.

No to revenue increases, yes to more accountability Downtown.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Don’t be fooled by city’s campaign to raise taxes”

  1. Jim October 2, 2018 at 6:36 am #

    They are also hiring a consultant to sell the new road tax measure. Isn’t that illegal?

  2. phattcat October 4, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    Sacramento politicians have changed the official ballot title of the Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative to remove any reference to gas tax repeal and replace it with a grossly misleading and false title of “Prop 6: Repeals Road Repairs.” Polling shows that false title causes the initiative to fail!

    • Juanita Sumner October 4, 2018 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks Phatts, it’s great to know somebody else is paying attention. I just got my voter information guide and I’m pissed about it. I also believe the whole campaign has been illegally funded with taxpayer dollars. But what are you going to do when the whole corrupt government is in on it?

      But I’m not giving up. We need to get the word out, please write a letter to your local paper. Don’t forget to mention, PROP 6 will also prevent the legislature from adding new taxes to our fuel or our car registration fees without voter approval.

  3. Juanita Sumner October 7, 2018 at 5:14 am #

    Unfortunately, no. The law is too lax. It might be immoral to use taxpayer money, but we need tougher legislation to stop it.

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