Redlands group says City Council is wasting money
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2010 09:48:58 PM PDT
REDLANDS – Representative of the Redlands Tea Party Patriots plan to attend the City Council meeting Tuesday to speak out against a tax measure.
Tea Party spokeswoman Sandy Ziegler said the council wants to pass the tax to make up for wasted money and that members of the group plan to urge the council to live within its means.
“It’s time to say `enough’ to increased taxes and leaders who continue to ask you to work harder so that they can increase their own spending,” she wrote in an e-mail.
The council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to put on the November ballot a new sales-tax measure it’s banking on to help balance the budget before the end of the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The council voted in June to cut the city’s operating budget by 12 percent. The move eliminated jobs and slashed city services.
At the council’s budget meetings, citizens spoke publicly to the council, encouraging members to find ways to save city services.
Councilman Pete Aguilar said the citizens’ comments sent a message to the council to find a way to support the services.
“If the residents want us to provide the services, we need the tax to support them,” he said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Ziegler wrote that the tax isn’t about supporting infrastructure but about policy makers refusing to control their spending.
“Now matter how much any detractors would like to make it about that, this (is) about waste that can be and should be controlled, and not asking the hardworking taxpayer to continue to pay for their wasteful use” of city money, she wrote.
The tax measure’s ordinance needs four of the five council members to approve it to move forward to voters, who would have to approve the measure in the Nov. 2 election.
“If the residents don’t want this and they don’t support this, they will have sent a clear message,” Aguilar said.
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