And since this form of taxation has been a main topic of discourse for practically every election over the last decade and a half, we have now reached levels that just might make your nose bleed. That is, if you choose to participate. Not everybody does, and perhaps that is best. Certainly that would be easier on the heart.
There were three distinct episodes in the Great Sierra Madre UUT Debate this week, and I'll line them up so you can better appreciate just how bizarre things could become here very soon. This as discussion of Measure D, the ballot measure to get rid of utility taxes altogether in Sierra Madre, draws closer to its April election date with destiny.
The first came our way from the California Tax Limitation Committee, which is more familiarly known to most as the Tea Party. In this case mostly out of Pasadena.
They go on to cite a lot of the facts and figures that you might (or might not) think have some validity here. I personally thought that Sierra Madre would do just fine with a 6% UUT, but apparently a $45,000 dollar blizzard of post cards, funded mostly by people who are paid handsomely out of those utility taxes, convinced residents to abandon all previous opposition to utility tax increases.
You can link to all of that rather draconian Tea Party stuff by clicking here.
The second UUT related event of the week is pretty much the thinnest slice of ham in today's sandwich, but I'll post it anyway. Some guy was pretty upset by what the Tea Party guys sent out, and left a couple of comments here on The Tattler saying so. Plus a link to what he claims violates state campaign law. Here is what the angry dude said.
That certainly is some colorful language. I really hope it isn't true about Earl Richey. I have always found Earl to be a fairly stand up guy. He does occasionally shoot his many causes in their feet by his too easy acceptance of reactionary propaganda from questionable sources, but I would miss his near daily emails to this blog nevertheless.
All the best, big guy. Hopefully it's just baloney.
The last thing to come my way during this week of rapidly building UUT hysteria is from an agenda report included in the City of Sierra Madre's noticing for this coming Tuesday's City Council meeting. It is from the forever a-hovering law firm of Colantuono, Highsmith and Whatley, and it deals with the possible Death of Sierra Madre.
Here is some of their crazy rhythm.
If that wasn't enough to deep chill your heart and drag you through the tattered thin veil separating us all from a world of the no longer living, you can bravely link to the rest of all that CHW rhetoric here.
One more thought, if I may. If the City of Sierra Madre does lose its UUT financial wherewithal and is forced to disincorporate and pass into that dark night, there is one bright side. We would finally, and at long last, be rid of Colantuono, Highsmith and Whatley.
That might be the only thing making a YES vote on Measure D acceptable.