WE ALL LOVE CLEAN OCEAN AND LAGOON WATER; WE JUST DON’T WANT TO PAY TWICE FOR THE SAME SERVICE.
The City of Encinitas will be mailing a ballot to those of us that own a water meter, asking us to pay twice for the same service. Read what Editors and neighbors are saying about the proposed clean water fee.
BILL RODEWALD, PRESIDENT OF THE ENCINITAS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION
“Clean ocean and lagoon water are important to all of us. It’s imperative for recreational activities and tourism in and around the beautiful North County coastline. That is why the City of Encinitas has been complying with all federal and state mandated requirements since 2001, funded by our current property taxes. Regardless of the outcome of this costly special mail ballot process to create a new tax, the city will continue its statewide standard setting clean water program.”
COUNCILPERSON JEROME STOCKS
“THIS IS NOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE, IT’S AN ECONOMIC ISSUE”
NORTH COUNTY TIMES EDITORIAL
“Encinitas officials are not saying its clean water program will fold without new revenues. Like moving money from one pocket to the other, this new property tax will simply allow the City Council to spend an identical $1.1 million for other projects from a suddenly richer general fund”
MAYOR CHRISTY GUERIN
“I think that we can be honest with the voters, our city can afford to pay for this (current Clean water Program) … we really can”
DENNIS COLE, RETIRED SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN
“We don’t need to pay another TAX so that city employees can have a raise in their retirement benefits. This is the same retirement enhancement that got the City of San Diego in the position they are in.”
BARBARA COBB, PRESIDENT OF THE CARDIFF TOWN COUNCIL
“In March, city employees got a staggering 35% raise in the form of a lifetime boost in their retirement income as well as a 3.2% raise in salary. They want us to pay for the clean water program and they are telegraphing even more taxes and fewer services in the days ahead. What’s wrong with this picture?”
GAIL HANO, FORMER MAYOR OF ENCINITAS
“Encinitas has a very large senior population, I just happen to be one. A good portion of us are on fixed incomes and cannot afford another tax. Medicare has risen from $50 per month to $80 per month in two short years and Social Security has just not kept up. Don’t let the City of Encinitas nickel and dime us to death … NO NEW TAXES. Vote NO on Prop C.”
DR. JOHN ELDON PhD OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
“Levying the same dollar amount for every water meter in the city is grossly unfair to homeowners. If a water cleanup tax can be justified, it should be proportional to water consumption, to encourage and reward conservation efforts”
BOB BONDE, FOUNDING FATHER OF THE CITY OF ENCINITAS
“Council has spent $110,000 of taxpayer’s money to hire three consulting firms to try to fool the electorate into voting for the so called Clean Water Regulatory Fee – a tax only meant to fatten the city’s general fund. Vote NO and help send a message that we demand a government that is by and for the people.”
NORTH COUNTY TIMES EDITORIAL
“Politicians are essentially disguising a run-of-the-mill tax hike by assigning the additional revenue to a noble purpose. If the city leaders need more money to run their governments, then they should ask the people for a general tax hike. No spin required.”
LET’S DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND WITH THIS FINANCIALY HEALTHY CITY. WE DO NOT WANT TO PAY TWICE FOR THE SAME SERVICE, AND DO NOT WANT A NEW TAX.
PLEASE VOTE NO ON PROP C, THE CLEAN WATER MAIL IN BALLOT.
The Encinitas Taxpayers Association
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