Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Proper use of Measure O funds

City Manager Steve Pinkerton and his lap dogs on the City Council should be reprimanded for foolishly considering converting the 391-acre Leland Ranch east of Davis into a business park. The land was purchased in 2010 as per the Open Space and Habitat Commission’s plan and with council approval, using Measure O funds earmarked for open space acquisition and conservation.

Is securing land for a business park with parcel tax revenues earmarked for conservation good planning? No. Is it legal? No. Is it ethical? No. Is it what the residents of Davis want? No.

More problematic is the best use of Measure O funds. Passed in 2000 to ease the community’s collective guilt for ousting owls from Mace Ranch and Wildhorse, it generates nearly $500,000 a year by assessing each parcel about $50. Has this tax outlived its purpose? One thing the council does well is raise revenues, recently for water and trash disposal.

Phasing out Measure O is about as likely to happen as spotting a heron in a business park. Why not use these funds to backfill the cuts made to the city’s parks and tree maintenance program? I would rather see healthy trees, mowed grass for soccer and safe play areas, than conservation lands threatened by the greed of a few.

Greg McPherson

Davis

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  • stevie price jrOctober 28, 2013 - 11:30 am

    WHY IS THERE MORE BUILDING GOING ON? I THINK ARE TOWN HAS ENOUGH BUILDINGS WTF WHY DONT THE CITY COUNICL THINK OF A WAY TO HELP OUT THE HOMELESS AND HELP THEM OUT INSTEAD OF BUILDING AND WRECKING AND BUILDING MORE THERE SHOULD BE A MEASURE CALL HH HELPING HOMELESS BUT THE DAVIS CITY COUNCIL JUST HAS THERE THUMBS UP THERE BUTTS THAT ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS BUILDING AND TAXING

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  • DougOctober 29, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    You want to have money to preserve open space? You want to have money for park maintenance and tree pruning? You want to help the homeless and have clean water and good schools? Well, you need to have a good source of steady revenue. It's either raise taxes again and again or bring more business to Davis. You can't have it both ways. I say bravo to our City Manager Steve Pinkerton and our intelligent and open-minded city council for keeping all our options on the table and looking for new ways to bring more money into the city coffers.

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  • October 29, 2013 - 3:47 pm

    "You want to have money to preserve open space?" Sorry, there's already funding for open space preservation in place now (Measure O). And the politicians need to use that funding as voters intended, not raid Measure O funds to facilitate the building of hundreds of acres of empty warehouses on farmland on the edge of town.

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 29, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Doug: "You want to have money for park maintenance and tree pruning? You want to help the homeless and have clean water and good schools? Well, you need to have a good source of steady revenue." ...... Doug, how would having new industrial firms located in Davis provide "a good source of steady revenue"? I am not saying it won't. I simply don't know how it will bring the benefits you ascribe to it. Maybe you can explain.

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