So how will the City of Sierra Madre take care of things like its woefully neglected water infrastructure, sidewalk and street repair, or even trimming the trees? It would have to create a new source for that additional required money. The most likely way of doing this being an increase in current property taxes, though some sort of new parcel tax might also do the trick.
As several City Councilmembers have confessed, a reinstated 10% UUT will not achieve all of the city's financial goals. It would merely serve to relieve some of the current fiscal pressures, and then only for a relatively short period of time. It doesn't really do much outside of ginning up the wherewithal to help pay for some of the city's already existing bills. Money spent on things that have already happened.
The following agenda item, created for tomorrow evening's City Council meeting, is the beginning of an orchestrated effort to locate and put into effect new financial demands upon the residents of Sierra Madre. And, as always, it begins with a resident committee. These things usually do. That way the call for a new tax, or increases to already existing taxes, will appear to have emanated from carefully chosen representatives hand-selected from amongst the citizens themselves.
As opposed to those actually elected to office, folks who apparently would prefer not to be seen leading too much on this matter. This way it can be said that the taxpayers did it to themselves, and the city was only following the will of the people.