Fairfield to address Measure P oversight

By From page A3 | February 17, 2013

FAIRFIELD — City Council members will be asked Tuesday to go forward with advertising five positions needed for the Fairfield Taxpayers Committee that will oversee Measure P progress.

Council members will discuss the creation of the committee that will oversee money received and money spent from Measure P at Tuesday’s meeting at 1000 Webster St.

Measure P is a 1 percent sales tax that is expected to bring in around $13 million a year for the five years of the measure. Voters overwhelmingly approved the tax in November 2012 and the city is expected to start receiving the money during the summer.

Measure P is a general use tax with no specified use. Council and staff said the money would be used to keep the police and fire departments solvent as well as keep city services running.

The advisory committee is just that – no decisions will be made, only recommendations. City Council members will have the ultimate say in how the money is spent.

Meetings would be at least yearly for the committee and would be subject to the state’s open meetings law, according to staff reports.

Catherine Moy and John Mraz will head up the subcommittee that will select 10 finalists from all applicants. Those 10 will then be interviewed and five will be selected at a future council meeting.

The city will advertise the positions and accept applications until April 4, reports said. Applicants must be Fairfield residents.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 16, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    Measure P's higher taxes on the poor haven't stopped crime or bad fires. Measure P's higher taxes on the poor haven't alieviated blight or nasty looking homes and neighborhoods. Measure P's higher taxes on the poor has stuffed broken local government with more bacon sausage and ham for the Porker and Fire Departments. You like it! Now I get to laugh at your dumb ballot box choices and you're well on your way to being just like other horrible cities like Vallejo, Detroit, Oakland and Chicago. Enjoy! Meanwhile in Boise, Biloxi and Charleston....

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