Is Wildomar City councilmember Marsha Swanson serious when she tells The Californian reporter, Michael J. Williams that the issue of putting a park measure on the November ballot only occurred to her the end of the June 13, 2012 City Council meeting?
If so, what has she been doing with her brain over the last several months of meetings?
Please click on the following link to the Californian to amuse yourselves:
As a result of her last-minute “brainstorm,” rather than deal with the issue in a timely matter with a properly agendized public hearing, Swanson’s inquiry provoked the city staff to “run around with their hair on fire” in order to meet impossible deadlines.
And since City Staff was left with recommending the resurrection of the Mello Roos/Communities Facilities District (“CFD”) that brought about the defeat of Measured D as recently as June 07, 2011, the City Council leaves little time (three minutes max.) for public input, which might have provoked thoughtful consideration and deliberation of the simple and superior benefits of presenting a non-CFD parcel tax of $28 per year to the voters.
Not to mention a better election cycle than the November 2012 general election.
While I am quoted in the same Californian article as being willing to support a parcel tax (which I am), I don’t have a lot of confidence in the “pro-parks” political theory being bandied about that the larger voter turnout in the November 2012 election will be able to magically produce the two thirds super-majority required for any tax measure.
Given that the November ballot will contain several unpopular tax initiatives being proposed by our dysfunctional government in Sacramento, the entire array of “anti-tax” activists (think Howard Jarvis and the Tea Party and locally, stopthemoneygrab.com) are also going to be energized, and even a simple parcel tax for a legitimate cause will be simply overwhelmed in the adverse political tsunami.
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