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SPECIAL MEETING: Find Out If Wildomar Residents Say They'll Pay For Parks

At tonight's special meeting at Wildomar City Hall, residents can find out the results of a telephone survey that polled residents on parks' support.

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If you want to know whether Wildomar residents told pollsters they are willing to pay a tax to keep parks open, you will need to attend tonight’s special city council meeting.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wildomar City Council will hold the meeting at City Hall located at 23873 Clinton Keith Road.

Poll results were not published for the public prior to tonight’s meeting.

to invest up to $15,000 for a professional polling service to survey residents by telephone and find out what the level of support would be for a parks’ ballot initiative.

If the city decides to move forward tonight based on poll results, it is expected Wildomar will ask voters in November whether they want to pay a $28 special tax to fund maintenance of the city’s three parks: Marna O’Brien, Windsong and Heritage.

In June, Assistant City Manager Gary Nordquist said the cost to Wildomar to get a measure on the November ballot is expected to be around $43,000, possibly more, not including the polling cost or an additional $10,000 proposed for voter information and education outreach.

Teller of Truth July 31, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I thought they were only going to poll 300 households? "$15,000 for a professional polling service" ? Why thats $50 per person. Tremendous mis use of or tax dollars!
J Carabine July 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Amen to that! This is how they use the city's money? No wonder Wildomar is in trouble. Sigh.
Ken Mayes July 31, 2012 at 07:04 PM
This poll started out costing $9,000 by the time the first special meeting was over it was up to $15,000 then within 2 weeks it rose to $22,500 with $500 in reserve. All that money paid out of general funds and now they tell us if you want to know the results you must attend the meeting. "The Fiefdom of Wildomar" in action.
Roberto July 31, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Ouch!
Ray A July 31, 2012 at 09:28 PM
15,000.00, 22,500.00, are you serious, for a survey? That would buy a lot of water. Is this any way to run a city? Just put the parks in the budget already.
Martha L. Bridges July 31, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Yup! There are local firms the could have done it for a whole lot less - and they would have been familar with the area.
Martha L. Bridges July 31, 2012 at 09:52 PM
After reading the agenda once again, it looks like there will be no opportunity for public comments at tonight's meeting. Agenda Item #2,1 Public Comments appear to have been "postponed" until the regular August 8th council meeting. What a way to go!
T R C July 31, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Great work City of Wildomar!!! I bet all of this is really great in helping resale value of homes in an already struggling housing market. I mean really who would want to buy a home where a city can't even keep it's parks open? And wastes money on top of it all. Glad I moved out.
Roberto July 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I hate to agree with Martha but the Council has lost it's freakin mind. This is the City Manager who must go for steering this fiasco, not the Lake Elsinore City Manager. Wildomar would do well to hire Brady if he's still available.
Martha L. Bridges July 31, 2012 at 10:06 PM
"In June, Assistant City Manager Gary Nordquist said the cost to Wildomar to get a measure on the November ballot is expected to be around $43,000, possibly more, not including the polling cost or an additional $10,000 proposed for voter information and education outreach." So we're already looking at a cost of $76,000 to get the new tax proposal on the ballot? And, they are going to use $10,000 of our own tax money to "educate" the public on the measure. I read that as spending our tax money on a campaign for new taxes, which is supposed to be against the law? Someone should look into this.
Martha L. Bridges July 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Wait until you see the bills for Webb and Associates for updating the original Mello-Roos CD package that they started out doing for a new resolution for a few weeks ago - before it became clear that the opposition against it would guarentee another defeat. That will be another $15K to $20K of taxpayers' money wasted. It cost the city at least $102,000 for Measure D to be put on the ballot in 2011 according to the city's calculations. Please come and speak up about finding the funds in the existing budget to keep our parks maintained and open. Anything else is akin to highway robbery. They are evidently going to ask for DOUBLE what the costs of maintaining our parks would be.
Wildomar Resident July 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
It does not appear that the current City Council members are going to drop this park tax issue, no matter what the citizens of Wildomar want. I guess running for office in Wildomar means you get to chase your pet projects no matter the cost to the City. Time we put these people on the street!
jill smith August 01, 2012 at 01:17 AM
It is petty and unfair to have a special meeting that concerns residents, and then not allow residents to speak, how foolish. The council works for the residents of Wildomar, and should be seeking their opinions every chance possible. Instead they waste thousands on a phone survey. I would ask them to reconsider a comment time, and if the answer is no, vote every single one of them out!
Teller of Truth August 01, 2012 at 02:48 AM
and this is 'new' news?
michael August 01, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Public comment are open at the aug 8th meeting. Anyone who supports pleaseeee pleasseee attend!.....
Ken Mayes August 01, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Supports what, a park tax or wasting the taxpayers money. Oops same thing.
Hawkeye August 01, 2012 at 05:26 AM
The City of Jurupa Valley faces disincorporation because it has no money. Didn't last a year. Wish Wildomar would do likewise. It does me no good to "live" in Wildomar. I even have to use Lake Elsinore as a mailing address which can be very confusing. Some of my neighbors think they live in Lake Elsinore. I may be naive but if a park is going to raise my property value won't my tax and insurance go up? I didn't buy this for an investment and the low tax was appealing, not park(s).
Teller of Truth August 01, 2012 at 06:05 PM
You pretty much hit the nail on the head there! A ton of people bought out here because it was cheap. I guess in the end, you always get what you pay for!
Geno Davis August 04, 2012 at 01:35 AM
GENO I am curious how much would it have cost to open the parks for the summer months. Would it have cost more than the amount that the City is spending on the ballot and phone survey along with the $10,000.00 that will be spent on citizen education!!! Just curious!!! We are all paying to much taxes already for what! The City of Wildomar has nothing to offer. My opinion!!

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