In the face of their ego damaging defeat of last year’s Measure D parks tax proposal, the Wildomar City Council is expending a huge amount of taxpayers’ money to ensure passage of this year’s new Measure Z parks tax proposal.
Rather than simply accepting the voters’ 2011 decision and doing the necessary trimming of bureaucratic waste in Wildomar’s budget, and reallocating money to maintain the parks, this council has chosen to ignore the will of the people and once again seek a special new tax.
While the council continues to plead that they can’t possibly maintain our three existing parks without a special parks tax, they continue to approve excessive amounts of expenditures for questionable public surveys and a thinly disguised consultant-lead campaign of “education” to persuade voters to approve this new tax.
Here for your benefit is the Ballot Argument that has been submitted against Measure Z:
"THE TAXMAN COMETH!
The November 6, 2012 election ballot contains 3 different statewide tax increase propositions. And if that isn’t enough to make you choke, residents of Wildomar will have the “opportunity” to vote on yet a 4th tax increase proposal.
One year after Wildomar voters rejected a similar park tax measure in June of 2011, the Wildomar City Council now places on the ballot Measure ”Z,” a $350,000.00 per year park tax increase.
During last year’s failed park tax campaign the City Council was crying ‘broke’ yet had no problem wasting over $100,000.00 of public money supporting 2011 Measure “D,” money which could have been utilized instead to fund park maintenance.
This year the City Council raises the stakes by spending an additional $58,000.00 of our money on a well-heeled political consulting firm commissioned to promote the park tax measure through various activities, perhaps most prominently by means of multiple campaign mailers, some of which you may have already received.
Governments use hot-button issues to pass tax increases by threatening to cut services the community actually needs or enjoys rather than cutting bureaucratic waste. California tried passing a vehicle license tax allegedly to keep state parks open, but internal audits found millions of dollars secretly stashed away by the Parks Department. Likewise, the Wildomar Community Services Director, a useless position which has been the subject of two Grand Jury investigations, has remained funded even while the City has allowed parks to languish.
If we give in to their little tax tantrum, what fundamental community service will the City Council try to tax us for next? Police patrol? Fire protection? Emergency medical response?
In the Taxpayers’ favor, Measure “Z” requires a 2/3 supermajority for passage. So vote early, vote often and vote ‘NO’ on Measure “Z".
Want to know more about how government at every level is trying to pull the wool over the taxpayers' eyes with regard to all these new tax proposals? Attached is the actual mp3 of the radio commercial which dovetails beautifully with the above ballot argument AGAINST "Z".
The ramifications of how you vote on Measure "Z" will impact our struggling city for forever! There is no "sunset" clause in this excessive new tax proposal. If passed, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be paying for it!