First Concord, with its proposed tax measure to fund a 2% employee kickback in exchange for furlough days(!), now the City of Pleasant Hill wants voters to bend over and give council permission to put a 1.5% Utility User Tax (UUT) on the November ballot.
And just like Concord, Pleasant Hill spins bogus surveys claiming wide satisfaction with city services, where in faery land, such a sucker punch survey is considered unquestioned justification for a tax increase in order to maintain sacred cow staff and programs like loans for Solar Panel installations!
Just once these weasels should offer an honest survey that gives taxpayers a choice between whether they want to pay 1.5% on all their utility use for the next decade or be satisfied with less service and no tax increase!
Instead of misrepresenting data to explain why voters should pay a new tax without serious budget cuts, why don’t Pleasant Hill leaders talk about the luxurious pensions it pays on the taxpayer’s dime? Apparently only voters get to sacrifice in this recession, not government.
Instead of misleading voters regarding how wonderful services are, as if that’s a slam-dunk reason not to cut back in hard times, why don’t these so-called leaders, who don’t have the gumption to face down employee unions, explain to voters why city government doesn’t need to cut back and live within its means like the rest of us do!
But no, they waste taxpayer dollars to scare the bejesus out of residents as if all hell will break loose and all of our daughters will be raped by gang bangers while your cars disappear in sink holes on Patterson if they don’t cough up a new tax designed only to fill gaps in operational budgets while never addressing structural deficits irregardless of tough times.
The Pleasant Hill Council meeting will take place 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 100 Gregory Lane.