66 registered statements
March 7, 2018, 9:40 PM
I will not vote for more bonds or general taxation due to previous waste of my money eg Decorative street tiles now cracking and buckling. Higher taxes on alcohol could pay for more police "protection" and the cannabis tax can pay down the pension "debt". Higher taxes on developers should pay for "infrastructure" 4 the 3,000 new dwellings they bring. Why tax retirees pensions and social security to enhance the carpet baggers profits off newbee residents? and Traffic jams, band width competition, blackouts, and water depletion they will bring? Making just another Dustbowl out of SLO.
March 7, 2018, 9:49 AM
I question the thinking on increasing sales tax levies in the city of SLO, especially when put in the context of other troubling decisions. In the meantime, the Measure G tax already goes on. The "improvements" to LOVR (I use the term loosely) have not helped the worst traffic congestion in the city (between Madonna and Higuera). The oversized building permitted at Chorro and Foothill is really out of place. The downtown construction mess goes on and on and has added significantly to the loss of parking to an already problematic parking situation; very few people want to see any buildings rise above two stories. Thousands of new homes, cars and people on the drawing boards-- yuck, that just sounds like a huge infrastructure problem coming along.
So to the immediate question; Want more bike paths? Tax the bikers--they use them I guess. Mission Plaza does not need the improvements listed. Police station...I cant comment on that, because I don't know what is wrong with the one we have. But there are PLENTY of empty storefronts in Madonna Plaza...why cant we use that for police and housing? Can't we try to live within our means??
March 5, 2018, 3:49 PM
San Luis Obispo is frightfully unaffordable. A 1% sales tax will make it 1% less affordable. Property taxes will also force out property owners and renters who are currently on the margins (rents in SLO county are already increasing faster than anywhere else in the state). The SLO city government needs to put more time and attention into trimming itself down so that it can do essential functions in-budget and so that its regulations and fees are less of a burden, and less time and attention into dreaming up ways of spending more of the money of city residents who are already scraping for what they can get.
Susie Link inside Neighborhood 7
March 5, 2018, 2:26 PM
Our taxes are high enough in this community. I do not appreciate the mentallity of keeping up with the Jones. We are not Santa Barbara and I don't want to live in Santa Barbara. Our police are fine with the current station. We don't even have the man power to cover the current police station. We down officers. We don't even have a Resource Officer at the High School. Why? The City Council's priorities are so skewed. Please take it to a vote of the community instead of making continual bad decisions like raising taxes. Its expensive enough to live here.
March 5, 2018, 9:50 AM
The city is like a spoiled child who wants, wants, wants, not like an adult who recognizes limitations and tries to live within them. So we spend $1.3 million on bollards to protect Farmers Market! (from what? Not from the real threats, guns and explosives) and want to constantly be redoing everything into some shadow of what it once was (MIssion Plaza's just fine as it is). Then the city bullies its residents with stuff like the Anholm Bikeway, builds all sorts of stuff we don't need (the $250K welcome sign on Santa Rosa at Highland), and incessantly whines about not having enough money. It's tiresome, KIds, Grow up! As for sales tax, this is the most regressive tax in the world -- hurts those with the least the most. Doubling our local sales tax is a really obnoxious idea. So are parcel taxes. Paying the city manager's and city attorney's salaries and pensions out of our sewer/water charges because those can be raised every year is obnoxious too, but few know you're doing that. The city must learn, like all of us, to live within its means. It seems there's a total lack of trust anymore because of the antics of folks at city hall. If your revenue enhancements get voted down by the people, well will the city learn anything. or will is just hire another consultant to figure out how to manipulate us into voting yes next time around?
March 5, 2018, 9:22 AM
Please don’t raise my property taxes. These taxes are already difficult for me so please be pro-housing stability and don’t raise my taxes.
Odile Ayral inside Neighborhood 1
March 4, 2018, 1:04 PM
When she was 16, my daughter said to me: "Mom, I learned from you that when you want something, you have to put your priorities in order." She could teach the City a thing or two. I voted for measure G, and I watched crews coating what appeared to be perfectly good streets on Ferrini Heights, while streets like Dana still exist only because potholes are holding hands. Now the city is planning to spend a portion of $1 million and a half on bike tracks in the Anholm neighborhood where it's not needed and not wanted, and another million and a half on bollards to block streets at Farmer's Market, when a few big trucks would work perfectly well. And we see huge buildings rising downtown, and developments like San Luis, Avila Ranch, Froom Ranch, etc., being planned without any concern for infrastructure or the availability of water. Where are the city's priorities? You want us to fund many more millions to give a facelift to Mission Plaza, but you don't have the money to fund pensions. Again, where are your priorities? I suggest that you closely read the comments posted by Allan Cooper (he has good ideas), and forget what you can't afford. As for me, I refuse to vote for new taxes as long as you haven't put your priorities in order.
March 4, 2018, 12:54 PM
The residents have fought tax increases over and over. SLO needs to scale back as Diablo is closing and many of our high paying jobs and our tax base will be leaving. $43M for a government office center, $40M for a women's jail, $15M proposed for a pet facility!!! Enough is enough. Money does not grow on trees. Live within your means, downsize, and be more cost effective. Pensions are too high, salaries are too high, wasteful government practices are everywhere I look.
March 4, 2018, 11:08 AM
I do not support the tax increase. The overall budget includes the Pension liability which needs to be dealt with by whatever means to lower the liability. Also, an audit of the previous tax measure shows some money was spent toward staff benefits and/or salaries, redecorating offices, staff retreats, new vehicles for staff, a $4 million software system... the list goes on. MUCH LIKE A FAMILY WITH A CERTAIN MEANS, THE CITY NEEDS TO LEARN TO LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS. Take an overall assessment and cut back where needed if other priorities are more important. Continually adding assessments on the residents is not the solution.
March 4, 2018, 7:19 AM
I am unwilling to support any tax increases until the city comes to grips with the homeless situation. Spending more money in the Mission area for improvement of the ampitheater at the time when you have many people sleeping there during the day and bringing their dogs with them, and just generally trashing up the center of tourist district is a ridiculous concept. No additional tax is justified until the city comes to grips with getting the homeless out of tourist areas and our neighborhoods and parks.
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