|John Capoccia starring as Leon Trotsky (or is that Taxsky?) - video here|
It was only two years ago that this same City Council was running around town proclaiming that Measure UUT would solve nearly all of Sierra Madre's big financial problems. And two words that were always on their smiling lips was "The Library." All the taxpaying voters would need to do is pass the "forever tax" and you would never have to worry about anything like that ever again.
|The actual Leon Taxsky|
Heck, they'll even let you vote yourself a nice new parcel tax. Even though 57% of those responding to the Library Survey said they opposed imposing such a tax upon Sierra Madre to pay for a new Library building.
Which is kind of funny if you think about it. Remember when the City Council said they would prefer to send out survey cards than put the Library matter to a vote of the people? That these scientific wonder cards would give them a more nuanced and richer understanding of what you the resident really wants?
Well, since that Library survey didn't give them the tax results they wanted, or much else for that matter, now they suddenly want a vote. Since certain Councilmembers were already going to ignore any results they didn't like, why couldn't they have saved the city $18,000 and just put this on the ballot in the first place?
Besides, and as I've said before, new taxes always come to Sierra Madre in two year cycles. City Hall cannot help itself. Experience would have taught you that this was coming.
Imposing a parcel tax upon Sierra Madre would not be the easiest thing to do. I asked City Manager Gabe Engeland what it would take to pass such a tax. This was his response.
It would also take a 4/5s vote of the City Council to put a parcel tax measure on the ballot. Outside of the Three Taxing Amigos, who else is going to vote for it? Rachelle Arizmendi is a doubtful vote for that, and said so. And as you saw last night, Mayor Delmar battled to a draw with common sense.
Oh, and did you see Gene Goss lose it when Mayor Delmar dared to ask City Staff to do some research and come up with some solid facts and figures on what this boondoggle might actually end up costing the taxpayers? I thought ol' Goss was going to give birth when he heard that.
Obviously it was not easy being an adult in Council Chambers last night. Here is what the Tax Triplets want to dun you over.
Think about it. A new and completely taxpayer funded $9 million dollar Library building in a city that cannot afford to fix its water infrastructure, fight mansionization, pay off its bizarre water bonds, master its CalPERS debt, or repair sidewalks and streets. Maybe we need to hire a detective to find out exactly where this City Council lost its responsibility?
These weighty matters will all be coming back this fall. After the City Council takes the month of August off. Be prepared for even more fun.
And please remember, the same good old boys who were behind the failed Downtown Specific Plan, the destruction of One Carter, pension debt, and interest only payments on millions of dollars in frivolous water bonds, are now pushing to spend $9 million big ones in new parcel tax money on a Library building the community has already clearly said it doesn't want.
What could possibly go wrong?
You think I'm kidding?
Here is an interesting agenda item from the year 2002.
As was revealed at last night's meeting, the Library Board of Trustees has already been discussing fundraising. Pat Hall announced that they have a steering committee for a foundation. Care to take a wild guess who is doing the legal paperwork? Bart Doyle.
I'm telling you, some of these people behind this Library nonsense are also responsible for some of the worst disasters that happened to Sierra Madre this century.
Nothing they touch lives.