The measure on the November 2nd ballot that will have the largest direct affect on our community is Proposition 1, the Civic Campus Levy. Yesterday, we published a statement supporting the Prop. 1 and today we are hearing from the other side. This statement opposing the Proposition is form MLT resident Leonard French:
The $37.5 million Civic Campus levy will increase your monthly house payments (or rent) by $20. That’s $240 per year. Ouch! The City already collects $4.2 million annually from property taxes. It wants $2.7 million more. That’s a 64% increase – in a punishing recession. What are they thinking?
Supporters of the levy argue that costs might be less. They could also be substantially more. No one can accurately predict construction costs or interest rates.
But, don’t worry; the full monthly bills will be delayed until 2013. Aren’t gimmicks like “buy now, pay later” and “teaser-rate financing” how governments and individuals got into this current financial mess?
It doesn’t matter if payments you can’t afford start now or in three years. It doesn’t matter that it is $37.5 million rather than $45 million if taxpayers can’t afford $37.5 million.
What happened to the focus of the 2007 Town Center Plan, an $8.5 million City Hall? Citizen surveys echoing what the “City” wanted to hear made it a $37.5 million Civic Campus.
And, now, we’re told is the perfect time to build, ignoring that the surveys justifying this huge increase were completed before the recession’s impact on taxpayers even started. The days of easy money have given way to hard decisions. Except at city hall.
Fortunately, every voter gets to decide how much is too much. $37.5 million is too much. A 64% increase is too much. $2.7 million per year is too much. $20 per month is too much. VOTE NO!