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But seeing how the voters of Sierra Madre have not been particularly crazy about tax hikes lately, and made their opinions on the matter known twice already, City Hall needs to gin up a fresh dog and pony show to sucker in the marks. It is, of course, "a process." Which I guess is better than calling it a newly enabled propaganda campaign designed to cozen even more money out of you so the city can shovel additional cash to its municipal employee unions. Like the cops.
Following hard on the heels of those community input meetings, we will now see the reintroduction of yet another recycled pro-tax increase consensus building strategy Tuesday evening. One that, while it never worked very well in the past, is also pretty much all that City Hall has up its sleeve. Old dogs are not always very good at coming up with new and credible tricks, and there is absolutely nothing groundbreaking about any of this.
Here is how the City Council Agenda Report clues us in on the next step in the utility tax raising process:
Pretty much the same old same old. First we were treated to the bizarre notion that the 100 (to be generous) or so people who showed up at a city sponsored event held in a garage to chat about tax hikes with City Staff made for an event immense enough to overturn the results of two city elections.
And next we will bear witness to a committee of fine citizens, handpicked by the city, who will dutifully ponder whatever budget data the City Manager carefully selects for them, and then come back with a less than surprising recommendation that Sierra Madre needs its third utility tax increase ballot measure in six years.
This is an example of something called "astroturfing." Here is Wikipedia's definition:
Once that comedy is concluded the City Council will then regretfully scratch their heads, sigh profoundly, chat for a bit amongst themselves, and then proclaim that while this is not what they'd hoped to ever have to do, it is something that must be done.
After all, wasn't it the consensus opinion at both the community input meetings and committee deliberations that utility taxes need to be increased?
At which time the City Council will wash their hands in the very finest Pontius Pilate style, assign much of the responsibility to folks other than themselves, and once that political cover is clearly established and astroturf in place, vote for the tax increase.
The Mountain Views News Chimes In
There you are. The budget town outreach (not input?) meetings were some of the biggest events "in Sierra Madre's recent history." Or at least according to H. Susan Henderson. The committee meetings will be really big, too. Possibly even historic.
Just you wait and see.
When City Hall and the cop union are working as hard as they are to overthrow two election decisions, every event they enable to accomplish these shared platinum dreams is going to be the super-de-dooper biggest that has ever been seen.
By the way, it certainly does look like Susan Henderson's grammar editor was on vacation this week. And yes, "tomorrow isn't look good either." Especially if you're going to that City Council tax increase meeting.
I ran this yesterday, but what the heck, I'll post it again
Still not sure what is up with that. Anybody know?