Dear Readers: I wanted to update everyone on the battle against the half-cent per dollar tax increase measure proposed for the November ballot. According to veteran citizen activist, Richard Rider:
Then earlier this week our city council approved building a new, unneeded downtown central library, even though they are over $30 million short of the funding needed. And it looks like a $300 million new city hall monument/pyramid is being approved by the mayor and city council, and headed for the ballot – even though far less expensive options are available. Still to come are a new convention center and a second Charger stadium.
I suspect our city representatives are following the Obama economic plan: Expand spending now, increase taxes later. After all, our public servants deserve only the very best offerings we can give them.
Meanwhile, local businesses fail and citizens contemplate opportunities elsewhere. It seems that small-business bankruptcies are up 81% in California; adding more taxes will not make the state or city more attractive to investors and entrepreneurs.
Additionally, Richard offers a chilling warning that we should all heed:
Sadly, as soon as the sales tax measure goes to the ballot, all further meaningful city reforms will come to a grinding stop. The unions will spend big bucks on trying to pass the sales tax, and inform the politicians that no further labor concessions or reforms will be allowed. Only after we voters crush this measure at the polls will reforms resume in San Diego.
If we citizens of San Diego do not get informed and involved, we will be the thralls of our public employee unions (that is, for those of us who chose to stay).
Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition co-founder Dawn Wildman targets the unions for their involvement in this economy-killing monstrosity: “”Once again the San Diego City Council has proven that special interest such as the unions are far more important to them than the taxpayer. It is the taxpayer who suffers every time the spoils of war are given away to the unions. It is the taxpayer who pays when the city governments mismanage funds and bring the City to her knees. But it is never the unions who pay when the budget is looked at. The only way to get ahead in San Diego is to work for the government or the unions! Mayor Sanders an most members of the City Council are proving to be a liability for the City that we can’t afford.”
Stay tuned, as this item will be a HOT topic of our Tea Party focus in November. This, Proposition 23, and crushing Boxer utterly! 🙂