Attached to this last agenda item which is called, "Consideration of Follow-up Regarding Community Input for the 2015-2016 Budget," is a series of comments made by the tax-happy attendees at these Community Input meetings. Here are some of the things they had to say:
On and on it goes.
The problem is, there is no city in the entire state of California that has 12% utility taxes. Much less a 15% UUT. Not a single one. Here is a chart (link) that gives you a pretty good idea of how utility tax percentages break down in the State of California. Note again that there is no city with a 12% UUT. Never has been. That number is literally off the chart, with the highest amount now being 11%. And then only one city has it.
I don't know who these UUT 12%'ers might be, but I suspect it must be a small group of high tax advocates who showed up at most of these meetings and left comments like the ones you can see above.
Of course, there are some individuals within City Hall, or even on the City Council, who believe that anonymously left comments scribbled down at community input meetings by persons unknown should months later be taken as evidence of a new found community desire to pay the highest utility taxes in California. And that somehow these comments need to be given more credence than the certified election results of 2012 and 2014, where a majority of the voters not only said no to a 12% UUT, but a 10% one as well.
Obviously the reason this exercise has been included in Tuesday evening's agenda is to gin up some support for a ballot initiative with a utility tax proposal that, at 12%, would again make Sierra Madre the city with the highest utility taxes in the state. A dubious distinction that would not reflect well upon the financial sophistication of the residents of this city.
Funny that some on the City Council and staff would be looking to anonymous comments left at house parties rather than the certified results of two very recent official elections. House party comment tabulations apparently being much easier for them to win. Especially when certain anonymous people are voting often.
Some people at City Hall must want their raises really badly.