We live in the real world

By From page A8 | July 02, 2014

One primary responsibility of City Council members is to assure the fiscal stability of the city. The City Council of Davis lacks members with real-world business experience, which also involves good common sense.

There is a growing list of projects and plans that are being considered by the City Council, the latest of which is to consider making Davis a copy of the Netherlands. How about finishing and paying for the highest-priority items before venturing onto a “wish list,” which, if not monitored carefully, will be funded for study and consideration of implementation, never mind the real costs. The City Council needs to remember there is a limited amount of money and loans are to be repaid with interest.
Perhaps the council smells blood — Measure O was passed, so maybe that has spurred the council to consider another tax in the form of a parcel tax. Is anyone counting the costs? And who pays? Landowners and renters whose rents include prorated rental owner costs.
The water project is far from complete, with final costs unknown. The council and the Water Advisory Committee tried to add fluoridation, at a cost of a few hundred thousand dollars. With no rate structure in place, the costly study continues. How many cities in California similar to Davis have rate structures that could be reviewed for use in Davis?
The wastewater treatment plant has been approved. It will only cost $89.5 million!
At the behest of Davis bicyclists, Fifth Street is being reconfigured for less auto space and more bicycle space. Final cost? Why not reroute bicycles away from Fifth Street?
The city, in its largesse, is considering raising the minimum wage. I hope that the City Council members remember any raise in wages raises employer costs.
With a full plate, the City Council wants to make Davis a mini-PG&E, already spending almost half million to study and willing to go to $1 million.
Does anyone want Davis to be on the list of cities on the fiscal cliff or in bankruptcy? This is no Utopia.

Vernette Marsh

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