Not only do I share the views of the majority of those surveyed who support the idea of raising funds through a modest sales tax increase, but I question why this tax wasn’t approved several years ago when the street maintenance deficit was foreseeable and avoidable. Roads get exponentially more expensive to maintain after a certain point of neglect. A stitch in time really could have saved a lot of dimes in this case.
If Mr. Hart had not opposed the half-cent sales tax that was voted on in 2015, taxpayers would likely not even be asked to consider his year’s full one cent tax proposal, especially considering the $2-3M gas tax influx we are anticipating from Sacramento. Why did Mr. Hart join Mr. Hotchkiss in voting against a half cent tax then, but supports a 1 cent tax now?
Infrastructure is, of course, the foundation upon which a vibrant local economy relies. Whereas Mr. Hart has a full-time six-figure job working for a separate government agency that renders him unable to dedicate sufficient time to the management of the City, I will dedicate myself to considering, approving, and managing infrastructure projects in the most prudent manner possible. I will value Chamber’s voice greatly in doing so.