For the first time in my life, I’m considering voting against the proposed sales tax increase, Measure O. I know that the city desperately needs more funds; however, the past City Councils have had their priorities all wrong.
For example, the choice of $800,000 to make Fifth Street better for bikers, while basic street repairs are in great need, and the $400,000 already spent for a municipal electric utility and $600,000 more already authorized. These show the council members have their priorities all wrong.
They have given away the store on pensions for police, pay raises for firefighters (36 percent from 2005 to 2009) and retiree medical benefits for employees, when Davis did not have the money for them. Finally, the council decided that we need new yard waste containers and that will save money. These containers will have to be gigantic to serve that purpose, and guess who will pay for these containers? Yes, we will … as if our DWR bills aren’t already high enough.
It frightens me to hear the council thinking of redoing the entryway to the city. Just think what that would cost. Given the history of past council priorities, why should we trust them with more tax money? I applaud The Enterprise contributors — columnists Rich Rifkin and Bob Dunning and staff writer Dave Ryan — for keeping the public well-informed about how our money is spent.
On the other hand, I will vote for Measure P. The council has really made a huge mess of the new water rate structure. It would make so much more sense to pay for only the water we use.