July 11, 2011 11:23 AM
From Staff Reports

HESPERIA • As the City Council considers putting a property tax hike on the ballot, three council members are on record as opposing efforts to increase taxes.

The fire district is running a $1.1 million deficit, and staff has suggested putting an $85-per-parcel tax on the November ballot.

Last fall, then-city council candidates Russ Blewett, Bill Holland and Thurston “Smitty” Smith signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

Created by Americans for Tax Reform, the pledge reads: “I (candidate) pledge to the taxpayers of (Hesperia) and all the people of this state that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” (Click here to view the signed pledges.)

Former Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, got into political hot water for signing a similar pledge and then voting to increase taxes.

The City Council is set to vote on the proposed ballot item at their Tuesday meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Ave.

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