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Wildomar, Where Animals Are More Important Than Children

What is more important in Wildomar, children or animals?

The City of Wildomar has budgeted $354,300 from the general fund to support the local animal adoption agency, Southwest Communities Animal Shelter on Mission Trail. When you add in the $80,000 in fees and fines that this agency keeps, you have citizens paying out $434,300 without voter approval of a special tax.

Using the federal census figures, approximately one-third of the households own animals whereas over 50 percent of the households have children. However, the city chooses not to spend a penny to fund parks and instead asks residents to pay a special tax for the parks by passing Measure Z on the November ballot.

It’s time for this city to get its priorities in the proper order.

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Bob B. October 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Ken excellant point and I agree with you. Why should the residents pay for the parks with a special tax. I believe it should be the City or the developers who pay for the parks.
Ken Mayes October 31, 2012 at 10:37 PM
What the city spends is the taxpayer's money therefore every penny should be spent wisely on the needs of the citizens. As to developers they should be required to pay their fair share for any additional increase in population but we cannot require them to pay for all wants of those already here.
N1smo2go October 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM
That is the way it should be, taxpayers(residents), should pay for parks, whether a direct tax or an assessment. Parks go hand in hand with communities. What I am witnessing is the continuing degradation of this country by a few whiners. I remember when Marna O Brien was a dump and noone cared. The people living close by don't even care about their own yards. It's no wonder why developments have to put up gated entries or have HOA's because people don't care about their personal appearanc or their home. The attitude is what's mine is mine, is bull. As more and more development takes place, it will crowd out the ones' not willing to change, just as it always does. Wildomar needs parks for their kids to play in and enjoy, so when they are teens they are there playing instead of crawling into someone's window in their home stealing. Keeping kids, active and engaged in sports and recreational activities is good healthy living and every community needs, them. I hope the park measure passes. I could care less how long many of you have lived there, new people are moving in and making their voices heard.
Ken Mayes November 01, 2012 at 02:03 AM
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself. ~Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal" I will follow that up with me thinks you is a know-it-all. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. This display may or may not be directly expressed
Martha L. Bridges November 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
We do have a know-it-all in N1smo2go. He isn’t a Wildomar resident and won't have to pay the special Wildomar taxes he’d like passed. He’s entitled to his opinions, but no one should assume that he is correct in his thinking about our parks issue. His opinion that keeping kids active and engaged in sports is good healthy living may be true, but that has nothing to do with the realities surrounding Measure "Z". Parks are nice to have, but they are not a necessity and people who are promoting this excessive new parks tax have MIXED UP NICE WITH NECESSITY. It's pure nonsense to think the good health or well-being of Wildomar's 32,000 population is dependent upon these three small parks. You don't need parks to participate in sports or recreational activities or promote healthy living. You don't need parks to bond with family or community, and you certainly don't need parks to form wonderful, cherished memories. We are already surrounded by opportunities for these good things. Ken is correct. “It’s time for this city to get its priorities in the proper order.” If maintaining our parks is a general benefit to the community, it should be paid for from the General Fund budget. Asking citizens for a special parks tax while shelling out $434,300 of taxpayers’ money for an animal shelter and an ineffective animal control program is ridiculous. It's high time for Wildomar's council to rethink their priorities with the taxpayers needs and desires in mind.
kc November 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
you get what you pay for. when you contract for minimal animal control services that is what you get. wildomar is not paying for a great animal control dept, it is paying for a bare bones only respond to calls dept. maybe wildomar should have stayed with the county for animal control. maybe it should never have become a city, but it did. cities use taxes to fund things. i personally dont want to pay for parks i will never use, but i do want to know that if a viscious dog is running loose someone will do something about it. having or not having parks is not life threatening.
Martha L. Bridges November 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I certainly agree with much of what you say, kc, and I hope you will vote NO on Measure "Z". The city needs to give all our public safety services a higher priority in their budgeting. Parks are nice to have but not a necessity...the safety issues should come first. I think the point is that Wildomar needs to spend what revenue it gets more wisely, and the council and staff need to do the necessary planning and oversight to ensure we are getting better value for whatever money they spend. We are not getting the needed animal control services and that is the council's falt because they did contract for minimal animal control services, while spending a tremendous amount of the taxpayers money becoming members of the costly animal shelter. From the point of view of safety for both people and other animals these animal control services are important and sould be expanded and improved upon - probably for far less than we are spending on the shelter contract now. However, our elected officials are so busy trying to ram a parks tax down our throats that they have little time or inclination to pay attention to the fundamental needs of Wildomar's citizens.
Ken Mayes November 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM
kc The taxpayers of Wildomar should not be funding animal control with tax money. The people that own animals should be paying for it. Riverside County is like many other places in this country that fail to license animals with only 20% having one and euthanasia rates are about 85% of intake. The penalties if one is caught without a license are far to low for most people to care and for animal control to bother. We need a system like Calgary Canada were today November 1st they have only 16 dogs and 43 cats available for adoption with another 38 dogs 78 cats in impound for a city of over 1 million people. This shelter also euthanized less than 3% of all animals taken in. All paid for by fees and fines no taxpayer funding. Check them out for yourself @ www.calgary.ca/animalservices
The Teller of Truth November 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Marfa, who are you to tell the citizens of Wildomar what they should have & what is a "necessity" ? Just because you don't have kids or a family & would never use the park, does not mean that everyone else in the community is in your same situation. Try thinking outside of the box that you're in & think about others for a change. Open parks are ALWAYS a good idea for any community. Yes on Measure Z !!
Constant Comment November 01, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Marfa is like a horoscope, always telling you what to do and is usually wrong! }~)
Martha L. Bridges November 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Some comments are made simply to express ill-will and don't deserve a response.
Constant Comment November 01, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Who's asking you for a response? }~)

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