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on Dec 5, 2008
Campaign statements should not be the basis of financial discovery concerning governments and proposed governments in our region. As a journalist, it should be your obligation to review the details of county and city financials including the financial claims for the proposed town of Alamo.
As campaigns ramp their letters to the editor campaigns, your readers will suffer through rewrites of the same proponent and opponent omissions that misrepresent incorporation.
Once again, very savvy residents of our region know the State will withhold certain revenue-sharing from counties and cities and your readers want to know how that impacts affordable government operations. State sales tax revenue is down significantly and documented for your display. Contract services provided to governments are going up due to county, city and district budget issues.
This is readily available through governments' disclosure and should be part of your excellent journalism. Tell the story, Dolores, please, and don't let campaign letters be a substitute for journalism.
On the other hand, an article in USA Today reports that "Property tax haul climbs as values fall." The lead sentence in the story is, "Property taxes are rising across the USA despite the steepest drop in home values since the Great Depression."
Read the full article by clicking on the web link
Alamo Town Council Candidate
Steve makes an excellent point, Dolores, but we need to understand the limits of increases allowed by Proposition 13. Such increases must offset nearly a quarter of the town budget if the State withholds various revenue sharing and sales tax declines in our business region.
Sharon Burke appropriately pointed to THD YardBIRDS not being included in the CFA sales tax revenues. Today's analysis of sales tax revenue decline offsets the YardBIRDS ommission and shows a decline below projected CFA levels. Such State figures are available by designate geography and can be validated.
Most importantly, thanks to Steve Mick for being inclusive in discussion of revenues for the proposed city government. So let us invite Steve to provide his analysis of the cost side of the CFA and the documented increases that will be charged for contract services in 2009/2010 by all alternatives for police, public works, etc.
Our neighbors understand that we will PAY our way out of this financial crisis. Neighbors only wish to know the increases in cost and the best government alternative for maximizing services and minimizing costs.
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