I would like to see a sales tax measure that would support roads, police and fire over a bond request. I understand it is difficult to get citizens to accept a tax increase, but we have one of the lowest tax rates in the state. As long as it was 100% earmarked for those causes, I would definitely support it.
Staff reported at 9/23/20 Fin Comm meeting the city received the following revenues as of 6/30/20:
Gas Tax $5,997,251
Waste Hauler franchise fees $1,980,313
Cable tv franchise fees $969,124
PG&E franchise fees $787,861
utility tax $7,317,103
prop tax $18,621,070
sales tax $24,434,686
From Jan - June 2020 over $10 million was paid out to CalPERS for the UAL, not including payroll contrib. Meanwhile employees pay 15% or less toward pensions of 70-90% of salary. Employees must pay more.
We need to fix our roads. I’d like to see the city do this without borrowing. Take the money from somewhere else (not CPD).
Our roads are in need of much help....Our city has grown fast with some poor planning of our roads......I support improving our streets and a tax to do so BUT only if our parks and waterways and town are cleared out of illegal camping , along with needle handouts.. It makes no sense to attempt to improve anything without dealing with the elephant in the room.....!!!!! I would not want one more penny to go into improvement without dealing with the huge elephant staring at us all each day.
If you would stop siphoning off tens of millions of dollars to CalPERs that are supposed to go for the roads there would be no need for this.
Instead you get us deeper into debt with a bond AND you are going to raise our taxes for this. And half our tax money for this bond won’t even go for the roads. It will go to Wall Street for interest and fees.
You claim to be a conservative. Conservatives are supposed to be for lower taxes in less debt. That makes you a hypocrite.
I support a discussion to see the amount staff feels is needed to get our roads back in shape and stop the constant band-aid fixes that wash away.
Normally I am not a fan of increasing the taxpayer burden, however, Chico has been hard hit with back to back emergencies which have had an impact on our community pocketbook. Our roadways are in a woeful state and in dire need of substantial repair work. It has been put off way too long, so the repairs needed are more than just a minor face lift. Therefore, I am willing to increase my tax burden to assume a shared community responsibility to improve our communal infrastructure.
How much will the interest and fees cost us? You are going to try to raise our taxes to pay for this and most likely over half of what we will have to pay WILL GO FOR INTEREST AND FEES, NOT THE ROADS! WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS!
The reason the roads are in such sad shape is because for the last 20 years the city council has taken money that should have gone for roads and used it for overly generous pensions. WHY DON'T YOU STOP THAT INSTEAD OF INCREASING OUR TAXES AND DEBT?
This needs to happen to fix our roads back to where they should have all been kept a long time ago!