66 registered statements
March 28, 2018, 1:30 PM
The city needs to prioritize wants vs needs. We need Prado extended and an interchange built. We need new police and fire stations. We could use an extended railroad safety trail. Bob Jones completion is a want, not a need. We do need to replace aging water distribution infrastructure. In the face of changing climate and rain patterns, and extended drought periods, we can not have nearly 100 year old water mains under our streets breaking and losing thousands or millions of gallons of water every year. We need to replace this aging infrastructure. More people on bikes in SLO is not going to impact this global change, so while some may want to, we do not need to spend money on bike boulevards. I can not vote for yet another increase to our already incredibly expensive cost of living here, without a modification or elimination of other pet projects that are a want and at this point wasteful in comparison to the needs of SLO. Reset priorities, eliminate pet project waste, and then present it again.
March 28, 2018, 8:06 AM
It is good that the City is looking at costs for projects that residents want. To fund these projects, I support the sales tax measure in conjunction with revising all pension plans (including police and fire) to align with the typical private sector plans. It is not sustainable nor necessary to pay retired "safety" personal a defined benefit retirement plan of 90% of their $140,000 annual salary starting when they are 50 years old.
March 28, 2018, 8:05 AM
I am against the extra tax. Some of the proposed projects should be put off until we have more information on how the closing of Diablo Canyon will effect available funds. Also, how is taxing current home owners into homelessness helping the homeless and housing situation?
Carol Jefford inside Neighborhood 7
March 28, 2018, 7:01 AM
Given the current fiscal crisis, capital projects should be postponed. There should be a focus on delivering critical services, based upon my observations, there is not a critical need for additional capital projects at this time. These should be postponed. Consider contracting out fire department and other city services. Consolidate with the County and/or CalPoly to reduce duplication of effort and maximize economy. There are many similar services provided within the three agencies which could be consolidated.
March 27, 2018, 8:29 PM
Enough, I say. There are so many unnecessary projects that money is being wasted on. I am SO tired of going downtown and seeing one project after another underway - do we really need to change the curb access again. It seemed to be working just fine - now, they’re being torn up and redone. And, sadly, I rarely go downtown because of ALL the projects underway - how long has Garden Street re-vamp taken ?? That’s nuts. So use the money you already have, discard unneeded and unnecessary projects - make every dollar count. Tighten up - as citizens, that’s what we are all having to do so the city needs to do the same. NO MORE TAXES.
Jo Ann Wheatley inside Neighborhood 7
March 27, 2018, 2:28 PM
I’ve no intention of voting for proposed city sales tax increase. I have a deep seated belief that I know how to spend my money better than the city does.
March 26, 2018, 9:54 PM
Let’s live within our means. For the last 15 years, we’ve had our water rates raised annually. We already tried the TEMPORARY sales tax. No to the sales tax.
Do not dredge Laguna Lake, cut way back on expensive bike paths.
Kurt Pacheco inside Neighborhood 7
March 26, 2018, 3:04 PM
I do NOT support the plan for a $400 million expenditure. The city council has made much of the shortage of affordable housing, and yet to fund these projects not only do they want to raise the sales tax but they want to add a fee to the property tax. Unfortunately, you can't have it both ways. One of my questions is if the staff has been working on this, and you knew the police station needs replacing, why weren't there any additional developer fees on the 1,200 homes recently approved by the council? These will definitely impact our city, especially tank farm road. For the mission plaza improvement there is mention of a café, why would this be included when there are so many restaurants downtown? As seen from the recent conflict on the bike path on broad street, there is not clear consensus on the need for cross town bike paths, regardless of the council's vision. These additional taxes on top of the recent $.12 gas tax just makes it that much more unaffordable to live in SLO. But this is NOT the most serious issue.
The City Manager stated that employee pension shortfalls will not be subject to this tax proposal and that it is a separate issue. That is all well and good except for one little problem. The taxpayers are the ones you are going to come to for fixing the pension problem and then we're faced with additional taxation!
I won't support ANY tax increase for these capital projects until the city resolves the unfunded pension liabilities! Unfunded pension liabilities is the most pressing matter facing the city and its residents, and must be addressed FIRST!
Lindsey Haring outside Neighborhoods
March 26, 2018, 1:57 PM
Many of the statements in opposition to another tax resonate with me, but I struggle because I love our community and know there's a need. As a mother of three young children and wife to a small business owner, I am acutely aware of the stresses of building a life in San Luis Obispo. I count myself among the fortunate to be trying to do just that but I question our ability in the long term as costs continue to rise.
I think we need to have more community discussion about the prioritization of projects --- which ones will enhance quality of life for most/all residents? Though I love the Bob Jones trail, perhaps we wait to fund its extension until the Prado Road Interchange and Extension is completed? There is so much work that has gone into thoughtful planning/visioning, but I think we need more discussion about what to execute and when due to budget constraints.
I also think more consideration needs to be given to the impact of another sales tax hike on small, locally owned businesses. We talk a lot about small/medium businesses being both an important economic driver and source of character/uniqueness/connectedness in our small town. Continued increases in sales tax drive consumers to online retailers where they are not subject to sales tax. I have a hard time believing this 1% hike would be the last, and I have a hard time believing that consumers will continue to pay more to shop local when the costs of living are rising...and with no end in sight.
March 26, 2018, 1:46 PM
If it can be confirmed that approximately 70% of sales tax is paid for by visitors who live out of County, I could support an increase in the sales tax to help pay for improvements our residents feel is worthwhile.
I am not supportive of a parcel tax or general obligation bond. SLO County is consistently one of the least affordable in the country - don't make the problem worse. Additionally, any proposed parcel tax affects ONLY those who own real estate, not the general public. If improvements are going to provide for a public benefit, any solution should be borne by all taxpayers. I vehemently oppose a tax that is directed at a specific, determined group.
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