Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sheffo on the Sand Tax
From 2008 Encinitas city council candidate Joe Sheffo:
The North County Times has a piece on the council's attempt to put another sand tax initiative on the fall ballot.
ENCINITAS: Council to decide to put sand tax on November ballot
Prior to the June election, I made the argument that the sand tax was just another money grab and that if sand replenishment were so worthwhile the council should make it a priority and fund replenishment projects out of existing funds.
The Times article quotes Mike Andreen, who was a major proponent of the sand tax, now making that same argument:
"I think you have a 50-50 chance of passing it in November, " Andreen said. "But there is the argument that you just spent $25,000 and F passed. So why don't you collect that $160,000 a year (under Prop. F) and see if you need more money later. Besides, you can always use some of the general funds for sand replenishment."
It's becoming clear that Props F & G were never really about sand replenishment but were instead part of a calculated attempt to use sand replenishment as a campaign issue in the fall.
Putting politics before sound policy and fiscal responsibility is pretty darn cynical. I hope that taxpayers remember that this fall.
SignOnSandiego.com: Vacation-rental tax to go before Encinitas voters
My idea for Moonlight Beach: Leucadia Blog: Moonlight Beach, Grassy Park instead of Sand?
Also in the newz:
ENCINITAS: Walgreens gets green light
I bring this up because it's a rare day when the usual power players on the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce and DEMA agree with city watchdog Donna Westbrook.