Wildomar’s voters have been provided with a poorly conceived new tax proposal, and a small minority of vocal tax supporters are doing their utmost to hard sell it to cash-strapped Wildomar citizens.
Despite what you read about parks and people and all sorts of superfluous emotional stuff, Measure “D” is about RAISING OUR TAXES.
Please consider these facts about Measure “D”, including some important details tax supporters have left out of their articles, campaign materials, and virulent blogs! Wildomar’s voters need and deserve to have the facts, not half truths, and use their heads instead of emotions, when voting on June 7th.
The old, illegal parks maintenance tax was a flat $28 per parcel; raised from only about half of Wildomar’s parcels. The proposed NEW tax would be levied on nearly every Wildomar parcel, both commercial and residential, almost DOUBLING the number of parcels and the amount of revenue. Old tax = about $173,000 in current 2010-2011 budget year, NEW tax = about $350,000 to $365,000.
This is why it is fair and accurate to call Measure “D” a NEW, DOUBLE TAX. It's not just a replacement tax as you may have been told. It calls for using a completely different method of taxation – A MELLO-ROOS based district, which “…encompasses all land within the boundaries of the city…” Thousand of new parcels will be taxed, and substantially more revenue will flow into city coffers.
Wildomar’s stressed families will have to pay this new tax at a time when many of them are losing jobs, having pensions and income cut, and being forced from their homes by foreclosure. Our businesses will have to pay too – including those fighting to keep their doors open. If you are looking for proof of our distressed economy, just look around at Wildomar’s neighborhoods and shopping centers.
While we need to keep at least our biggest park open, this is not the time to increase taxes or to expand the city’s nice but non-essential entertainment and recreational programs. Many people are struggling, and it is ludicrous to ask them to pay for someone else’s entertainment when they may not be able to afford their own necessities.
Measure “D” would authorize levy of a special tax, “The maximum tax rate would be $28.00 per year …subject to adjustment each year for inflation.” And, you can all guess what that means in the long run with the skyrocketing costs of oil, gas and food. If you need validation, just read the IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS in your sample ballot.
Worse yet, Measure “D” would create a tax district using the dreadful MELLO-ROOS law, and Wildomar would become ONE HUGE MELLO-ROOS DISTRICT for forever…likely paving the way for multi-million dollar bond issue(s) to be brought forward.
That is what the city council originally proposed and passed a resolution for, a $5,000.000 bond which was withdrawn, and that is what this council really wants in the future. Tax supporters aren't telling you this, so you would be wise to ask yourselves what else they are leaving out.
For more information on the many drawbacks of the dangerous MELLO-ROOS CFD check out www.StopTheMoneyGrab.com
Wildomar deserves to have open parks, but Measure “D” is not a good proposal. There truly are other, better options for funding parks maintenance which the council and their Blue Ribbon Committee refused to consider. Telling voters there aren’t options is pure nonsense. This all or nothing approach of the city council is highly irresponsible, and has divided the community unnecessarily.
Measure "D" is another one of the Wildomar city council's rushed decisions which was pushed forward hastily to meet the deadline for submitting Ballot Measures for the June 7th election. It is a poor, needlessly complex and expensive tax proposal which will be costly to administer. There are better ways to keep our parks open, and voters should tell the council to find them by defeating Measure “D” on June 7th.
Remember your vote does count. This Election may be decided by a handful of votes. So don’t stay home and let others decide this important issue for you.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE “D” – VOTE NO ON A MELLO-ROOS TAX DISTRICT