Final day to register for Nov. 5 election
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Oct 21, 2013 | 1696 views | 3 3 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Today, Monday, Oct. 21 is the final day to register for the Nov. 5 special election.

Scotts Valley residents will vote on Measure U, an 8-year 1/2 cent sales tax proposal that would raise approximately $1.2 million per year for the City of Scotts Valley general fund, to help pay for a deficit imposed on the city partially due to the closure of redevelopment agencies last year.

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Cut Spending
October 22, 2013
Yes we now need to vote for this but if the City Council had been doing its job we wouldn't be in this situation.

On May 21, 2009 then Mayor Randy Johnson was quoted in the Sentinel stating “There are a lot of cuts being made by other entities in the county that we are not seeing here."

Arguably the City Council had their eyes off of the growing Scotts Valley budget deficit and we now know that the Scotts Valley City Council should have begun scaling spending back a very long time ago.

Let’s look at the facts:

Eight years ago,in 2005, the City of Scotts Valley was running an annual deficit of $800,000 per year on an annual budget of $7,300,000. In 2005 the situation was considered so dire that Councilmen Johnson and Dene Bustichi proposed that the City vote for a 5 year temporary sales tax increase which became known as Measure C.

Dene Bustichi and Randy Johnson quickly labeled the temporary tax increase a “Bridge to the Future”. The idea was that the tax would be a financial bridge that would allow the City time to gradually reduce its annual budget deficits. In 2005 the City had few options and Measure C passed at the ballot.

Following the passage of Measure C, the City should have been looking for ways to reduce the deficit spending but instead of reducing the annual City budget the Council approved increasing the budget by $1,000,000 to a current $8,300,000 spend a 12.3% increase. By blaming this problem solely on the State, the City Council is not taking responsibility for this problem. They are being disingenuous at best others might call it outright cowardly and dishonest.

October 22, 2013
In the voter's pamphlet, Mayor Randy Johnson and others say, "our budget deficit remains because: ...Scotts Valley is currently the only municipality in the county without a city sales tax, as our previous one expired in 2011."

But City Manager Steve Ando says, "The total sales rate in the City of Scotts Valley is currently 8.25%, or 8.25 cents on every dollar. Of this amount, the City currently receives three-quarters of 1%, or three-quarters of one cent on every dollar... The current three-quarters of one percent sales tax rate generated $1,448,660 for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013."

Which guy to believe?
Paulina Bose
October 21, 2013
This reminds me. Who is interested in running for San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors? 3 very important seats open up in 2014.

There will be a resignation or 2 so the current board can "appoint" future incumbents, but don't let that stop you.

Time to start thinking about it.

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