66 registered statements
Michael Higgins inside Neighborhood 1
May 4, 2018, 11:12 AM
If current revenue wont support proposed projects, then the admin should pare the project list or find other funding sources instead of proposing such a large tax increase. While most of the revenue will come from visitors, I am not a visitor and will still need to pay sales and possibly property tax also. We're already paying more taxes to fund school imprvements, worthy projects that benefit everyone. I dont want to pay more to fund more bike lanes, which benefit a small fraction of the population. Cut back the list.
May 2, 2018, 8:47 AM
ALL developers need to pay City's fees for services including water, wastewater, roadways, public safety and parks . There should be no sliding scale. Come back and talk to the voters about future funding when residents aren't asked to subsidize developers' fees.
April 25, 2018, 12:35 PM
Alongside the proposed property tax, let's consider a vacant parcel tax in an effort to help relieve the massive housing shortage that's crippling our economy.
April 9, 2018, 12:41 PM
I am a San Luis Obispo resident, property owner, and landlord. I would vote in favor of a 1% sales tax to ‘fund the future of slo’. I am against an increase in property taxes. Thank you.
April 5, 2018, 6:23 PM
I prefer a sales tax to a property tax as it is "user" oriented. We cannot afford to have the 50% full-time and 50% land-lords w/ transient residents continue to foot the bill. We are moving toward a "usage-tax" environment. If you use it, you pay (sales tax.) If you don't use it you maintain the infrastructure you benefit from (Property Tax.)
Not unlike Europe which has dealt with this situation hundreds of years before us in the USA, the "Value Added Tax" (i.e.: "Sales Tax"), is more fairly and evenly distributed and economically efficiently measured, and collected.
There is no "perfect solution." One can only hope to "cover" costs and plan for needed maintenance of critical infrastructure.
Jan Marx inside Neighborhood 2
April 4, 2018, 9:13 AM
I support raising the sales tax to 1% to fund projects including prioritizing upgrading the bathrooms on Mission Plaza and a renovated police station. The City owns property on Walnut adjacent to the existing station and should try to acquire Ilan Funke Bilu's property. A new wing could be built utilizing that next door property as well as building over the downhill parking lot. This would allow the present station to continue in use until the new wing is completed, at which time the present station could be renovated. Look to the police station renovation in Grover Beach for an example of police officer design and thrifty budgeting. As more and more housing is added to the City, we will need a fifth fire station to maintain standard response times. This cost should be borne by the new neighborhoods as a special benefit district or cfd. The public benefit portion of the Prado overpass (not full interchange) construction could be partially funded by the increased sales tax. I oppose a city wide increase in property tax. Open space preservation and acquisition (Miossi) is a top priority for city residents and should be paid for through revenue enhancement funds. I support increased bicycle and pedestrian safety projects, but they should not take priority over maintenance of present roadways, traffic mitigation, parking or the well being of established neighborhoods. The needs of older and disabled city residents, their inability to use bicycles and their obvious reliance on automobiles should not continue to be discounted or ignored.
Mike Harkness inside Neighborhood 3
April 3, 2018, 5:12 PM
I am a 40 year resident of San Luis Obispo, and a retired public safety employee. While all of the goals listed are worth, I would like to give my overwhelming support to protected bike lanes, and improving cross town bike safety. It's good for the environment, it's good for residents health, and it provides safer transportation. Michael Harkness
April 3, 2018, 4:46 PM
Not currently a resident but I will be very soon. I could support a bond or sales tax increase dedicated to significant improvements to the cycling infrastructure. I would ride instead of drive if the cycling infrastructure made it more practical and safer to do so. Any increases I would pay in taxes could be partially offset by fewer expenses for auto use. Not to mention it would be one less car on the streets and the added health benefits of cycling rather than driving.
April 3, 2018, 10:47 AM
This: Extending cross-town corridors and separated bike paths (such as the Prado Road extension, Tank Farm Road widening and completion of the Bob Jones and Railroad Safety Trails) to better provide for bicycling as a transportation mode of choice. I would vote yes for the tax on this provision alone. All of the people saying that bike paths are too expensive, please remember that ALL roads are expensive, and that even people who don't drive cars pay for them through taxes. We need a much better connected network of streets where people who choose not to burn fossil fuels on their commutes can bike and walk safely. The climate is changing and we need to change with it or perish.
March 31, 2018, 3:47 PM
I am very interested in seeing cross town infrastructure improvements (widening of Tank Farm Road, extending Prado Road to Industrial Way/Broad Street) as we really need those. I am interested in new/ remodels for public safety including police, dispatch, and fire department facilities. While these improvements may not be as visible as the downtown Mission Plaza project, they are essential to the health and safety of our community.
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