Letter to Editor: 87% of this year’s $135 million budget will go to administrative costs

19 Jan

The City of Chico has a bad case of neglect when it comes to its 300 miles of roadways.  It is estimated that 43% of Chico’s roads are in poor condition, or approximately 130 miles of dilapidated streets that feel like a washboard when driving on them, with the frequent thump of a bass drum when you hit a pothole.

The cost of upgrading 130 miles of city streets is beyond the city’s budget. Chico has very little discretionary money because of poor stewardship of the city’s resources: public funded salaries, benefits and pensions are disproportionate with the average Chicoan’s income. 87% of this year’s $135M budget will go to administrative costs. So much for fixing them roads.

At $35 to $50 per pothole, repairing what we’ve all seen and felt will overwhelm the city’s road and maintenance budget. The $800,000 annual franchise fees from waste management was earmarked for major road repair but is that happening?

The Beatles sing, “I read the news today, oh boy, four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire’ and though the holes were rather small, they had to count them all, now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.”

Or “I read the news today, oh boy, ten thousand potholes in Chico’s city streets, and though the holes were big and small, nobody really knows how much asphalt it will take to fill them all.”

A pothole exemplifies the erosion of a road’s foundation, and possibly the city’s as well.

— Roger Beadle, Chico

2 Responses to “Letter to Editor: 87% of this year’s $135 million budget will go to administrative costs”

  1. bob January 22, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    Voters deserve the truth on pension-driven tax hikes

    “Soaring public pension costs are driving a wave of tax hikes across California, but many officials are reluctant to admit it. Instead, voters are being told that higher taxes are needed to fund services like parks and public safety or other items that enjoy similarly positive poll-tested support.”

    Poll tested results. That is what the EMC surveys for CARD’s and the city’s tax increases were all about. And of course your tax dollars paid for those surveys.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/voters-deserve-the-truth-on-pension-driven-tax-hikes

    • Juanita Sumner January 22, 2020 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks Bob – I was just writing a post on this matter!

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