Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Eureka Makes Case For Utility Tax

As expected, the Eureka City Council and its subordinate agencies are raising the hue and cry over the potential consequences of the city's Utility Tax not being extended this November.

I suppose it makes sense to make contingency plans for such a thing happening. I can't help wonder just how bad off the city would be if the voters don't approve the extension of the tax. The county didn't collapse after that last sales tax increase proposal, Measure L, was shot down and we heard pretty much the same arguments.

I'll have to admit to a knee jerk reaction in the negative when I see the old stand- by politicians and special interests use when they want something: Say it's either for the children or it will hurt the children. Still, I'll have to admit to being somewhat surprised to see this quote from Eureka's Assistant Operations Mangager:

But what made Assistant City Manager-Operations Mike Knight most “uncomfortable,” he noted, were the eliminations within the recreation division, especially as the programs that would be hardest hit are those for children and teens.

I'd almost expect it, but still a bit surprised. Shameless. Always have to bring the kids into it, don't we?

18 Comments:

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its just disgusting how david cobb claims to be a green, then backs such a regressive and unfair tax which hits poor people the hardest and gives the richest a free ride past the first $2,000.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't poor people somehow excluded? There shouldn't be caps for businesses, though - that is unfair. On the other hand, it takes income to run any organization, household, business, or community. The city needs the money, and it's not that much per person/business. At least the people of Eureka get to choose. No need to get personal about Cobb.

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cobbs minions personally attack people all the time, just look at how chris crawford and greg allen are treated. must be a priviledge only for the high holy duhcs to indulge in.

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Fred said...

"Aren't poor people somehow excluded?".

I believe "poor people", those who qualify for discounted rates for phone and gas/ electric, don't pay the tax on those utilities. They do for the others, though. I'm no expert on it, though.

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question is, where to the candidates stand?

For example - Judging by today's TS article, La Vallee professes to be worried about costing the city money.

Question is, is he concerned about costing the PEOPLE money?

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous George said...

LaVallee doesn't give a shit about it costing the City money . He's the one bringing in all the half-way houses into , eureka and that really cost the city a lot of money in fighting crime to get rid of these low - life's.He is trying to turn The Best Western Motel into some sort of Drug -Rehab house so , he'll be bringing in more criminals if he gets his way.

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

"The county didn't collapse after that last sales tax increase proposal..."

No one in the article is saying the repeal of the tax would lead to 'collapse.' And using children as an appeal tatic was only a small part of the article.

 
At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

elected officials should make do with the money they have and quit trying to think up new ways to take money from the people.

that may mean making tough choices, and not getting to do everything you want to do. tough.

IMHO

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like build the Waterfront Drive extension. They already spent several hundred thousand on it and the Coastal Commission has said they will not be allowed to build it. Just who's pockets has that boondoggle been filling with cash.

 
At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or how about $600,000 for a skate board park?

 
At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If funding the skateboard park is part of the reason for asking for a utility tax to cover basic services, then there should not be a skateboard park unless it is paid for with private sector funds.

 
At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIGHT ON !! About , La Valle , if he gets his way..........bye bye , Eureka . We'll lose it to criminals. Stop this NUT before he ruins this County .

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Mojoey said...

Give them your hard-earned money and they will always waste it. This is why I am a libertarian. Measure "whatever" - if they want more money, I always vote no.

 
At 9:16 AM, Anonymous ALLISON said...

DOWN WITH LAVALLE AND ALL THE COUNCIL _ THERE ALL CRIMINALS. JERRY , YOU GOT MY VOTE !

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what are the crimes? Just curiuos.

 
At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bringing in Shelters filled with drug addicts and criminals to pollute our City with more scum - bags and that's a crime !

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your frustration. But it is not a crime. It is a bad City Council with an inept City Manager.

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didnt find thing that i need... :-(
msn

 

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