Adelanto hopefuls address bankruptcy, utility tax, new prison
RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
Posted Oct. 1, 2014 @ 12:08 am
Updated at 12:19 AM
ADELANTO — With the city on the verge of bankruptcy, it was a no holds barred Tuesday night as the candidates for Adelanto mayor and city council took on some hard-hitting financial questions.
During the forum inside the performing arts center at Adelanto High School, the consensus among all the candidates was that more homes, businesses, jobs and pride in the city was the solution its $2.6 million revenue shortfall.
Incumbent Mayor Cari Thomas took on questions from the Daily Press and its readers along with her opponents Ronald Beard, Rich Kerr and current council member Jermaine Wright Sr., who’s taking on Thomas despite two more years left on his term.
If a proposed utility-user tax of 7.95 percent on water, gas, electricity, communications services and sewer services for all Adelanto residents does not pass at the polls, Thomas said the city will need to find another means of revenue to pull itself out of its fiscal crisis.
“Bankruptcy is the last resort,” said Kerr, one of Thomas’ mayoral challengers. “We need to solve the problem ourselves by going out and asking businesses to come to Adelanto. Bankruptcy should not even be a word that we use.”
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