Encinitas should vote no on Prop. C
By: BILL RODEWALD
If political observers are looking for the kind of controversy that Proposition A generated in the Encinitas November elections, they may be disappointed.
Either outcome in the January mail ballot election known as the clean water regulatory fee, or Proposition C, will produce the same result as far as the cleanliness of our ocean and lagoons. Both sides in this debate are demanding that the city of Encinitas continue to comply with all state and federally mandated requirements as they have since 2001. And both sides should congratulate the city for setting an example of excellence throughout the state in complying with those regulations.
The differences of opinion will become more apparent when the discussion leads to the funding for the program. The city has been funding the program from current property taxes via the general fund, and it can easily continue with that method. Despite the fact that the Encinitas City Council in recent months chose to grant substantial employee pay raises and a 35 percent increase in city pension benefits, Councilwoman Christy Guerin admitted that the city could afford to continue the clean water program. Then why the new tax?
If there is controversy in this election, it will revolve around the city's plan to deceive the voters. They have spent at least $110,000 with three consulting firms (Tramutola LLC, Godbe Research and MuniFinancial) whose Web sites and proposals promise to assist the city in passing a new tax.
They also promise to assist in the wording of opinion surveys and the actual ballot language to achieve the desired result. If this new tax was so good for the voters, it would not have cost a penny to spread the word.
It is clearly time for the citizens of Encinitas to send a message to their elected officials that we do not care to spend our taxpayer dollars to be manipulated by high-priced consulting firms. We need to tell them that we certainly do not want to pay twice for the same service. We need to tell them that they have to practice fiscal conservation as well as environmental conservation. A no vote on Prop. C will communicate the concept that they either work for us or find another line of work.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident Bill Rodewald is president of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association.
Bill is a nice guy so I will say what everyone is thinking, if you vote yes on C you are gay.