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Proposed football stadium in Vacaville gets taxpayers focus

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Will C. Wood has a field, but no stadium. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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From page A4 | December 26, 2013 | 18 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A proposed new football stadium for Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville and the tripling of sewer fees in Dixon are among issues concerning the Solano County Taxpayers Association in 2014, its new president says.

Ourania Riddle, installed as president at the group’s Dec. 12 meeting, said she understands many residents can’t carefully follow spending by public agencies.

“That’s why we are here,” she said.

Riddle, 65, recalled that when she was raising her children it was tough to find the time to know what the government was doing. She became involved with the Taxpayers Association in 1990 when her second daughter graduated from high school.

Members in Vacaville have voiced concern about public funds of $13 million to $14 million for a  4,000-seat stadium at the football field on the corner of Marshall and Peabody roads, she said. The association will decide whether to support the proposal for Wood High School.

“People believe because you are a taxpayers group it’s always ‘no’ on taxes,” Riddle said.

But in the early 1990s the association supported a bond for the Vacaville School District, she said. If spending public funds is warranted the taxpayers group will support the measure, Riddle said. But if it’s unwarranted the association will fight it.

The Taxpayers Association’s goal is to get each city with its own group, she noted.

“We don’t want people who live in Fairfield to have to worry about Dixon,” Riddle said.

Dixon is dealing with a spike in city sewer fees for residents, but its schools have been careful about public funds, she said.

“We had some good trustees here,” Riddle said. “Though they were Democrats they were very conservative when it came to  spending.”

Three new trustees have taken seats on the school board, Riddle said.

Among California counties San Francisco might be seen as the leading spender, but Riddle said another Bay Area county may make more use of public money.

“From some things I’ve seen,” she said, “Marin County is probably worse.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

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  • SteveDecember 26, 2013 - 9:22 am

    If this group proposes to represent taxpayers, than it's positions should be well thought out. Unfortunately, much of the time it's positions are simply knee jerk, anti-government reactions. Until that stops, there is not much credibility here.

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  • Michael J. Ceremello, Jr.December 27, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Steve, please give me one example of a knee jerk reaction by this group. This is a county wide organization that reviews input from a great variety of sources and relies on our members to keep us informed of what is happening in each of their local environs. Ill informed or just sour grapes. I await your proof.

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  • 707truthDecember 26, 2013 - 1:33 pm

    Let's see.......110,000 residents in Vacaville and the four people comprising the Solano County Taxpayers group think they represent the Vacaville residents...... Please spare me. I will represent myself with my vote. Make no comments on my behalf.

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  • JosephDecember 27, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    This great country is going to hell because people like you 707 are allowed to vote. BTW I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it's equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people.

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  • Politically Incorrect VetDecember 28, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    The Solano County Taxpayers Association (SCTA) is a group of volunteer citizens that research, discuss and decide, as a group, whether to take a position on issues that affect the taxpayers. Their IRS classification does not allow support of candidates for political office. The 50 year history of this organization speaks for itself. Members of this organization attend public meeting, question public officials, research public records, provide information to the public, and actively collect signatures to oppose tax increases that are not in the best interest of those that pay the taxes. The SCTA does the work that many taxpayers choose not to do, but they still receive the benefit of the SCTA efforts.

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  • Susan B.December 26, 2013 - 2:25 pm

    Seriously ?! - “Though they were Democrats they were very conservative when it came to spending.” Love love love RWBT Solano County! (RWBT = right wing bible thumpers)

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  • 707PrepsDecember 26, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    I would build it but not the track & field. Renovate the track & field at Zunino Stadium.

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  • George Guynn, JrDecember 27, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Steve, what gives you credibility? Is it being a tax and waster? 707truth, you don't even know the number of members the group really has and you think you know everything. You don't appear to be up to taxpayer group standards to me!

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  • Kerry JacobsDecember 27, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    Whats wrong with saying no to any new taxes ? arn't Californians sick and tired of taxes yet? Theres way to people with their heads burried in the sand. These people like Obama Care friendly Supporter Jonh Garramendi are nothing but HACKS !!The way it appears is that Ms Riddle is trying to keep these HACKS like him and ather bureaucrats in this county out of your pockets.

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  • The MisterDecember 27, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    The economy is sooo bad in Vacaville that the worker-level employees just took a 9 percent pay cut two months ago... and yet the economy is doing so great that we can consider spending money like drunken sailors? Something fishy is going on... and I'm pretty sure we can't rely upon the likes of 707truth, etc, to investigate and inform the public so we can all make reasonable and informed decisions. Let's encourage our watchdog groups with donations and participation!

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  • Proud to be conservative.December 27, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    It's okay to spend other people's money. Why don't they pay for the stadium themselves? My question is what have you done for your city or the county? At least the taxpayers are watching for efficiency in your government.

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  • In my Opinion....December 27, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    Ourania Riddle is one of the most honorable people I have ever met......What is wrong with searching for the truth?....Taxpayers should be protected from excessive bond debt....Follow the money and ask " Who Benefits"? Perks and Frills are pretty and easy to say yes to, but put communities in default when economic conditions worsen....

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  • RyanDecember 28, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    I wonder how many times 707Truth has attended "public meetings, question public officials, research public records, provide information to the public, and actively collected signatures to oppose tax increases that are not in the best interest of those that pay the taxes." I bet he sits on his a**** , never has an opinion of his own but he is first to criticize the people that give their personal time for their community.

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  • Stadium SupporterDecember 29, 2013 - 9:36 am

    I support a bond for the VUSD upgrades, Wood deserves a stadium for the entire school population, students, teachers and citizens on that side of town need a place to call their own. A stadium to graduate, have track meets, soccer and football games along with uses for various city leagues is beneficial for the taxpayers. Kids and people playing sports being active and healthy with clear minds will reduce crime, drug use, and idle youth running the streets. It is a joke that this school district has passed off the Wood campus as a high school for this long, the time is now. I don't like taxes either being a conservative but some are necessary. What I disagree with is 14 million for a stadium, if you look at other stadiums recently built 9 or 10 million should be sufficient. When the bond passes watch the money closely the vultures will be circling.

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  • RyanDecember 29, 2013 - 10:48 am

    How about to graduate students that they can read and write?

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  • Mary WooDecember 29, 2013 - 9:22 am

    I understand the SCTA's concerns over a proposed stadium at Will C. Wood. However, it is important to clarify that the intent of a potential school bond issue currently being considered by the Vacaville Unified School District is to fund a wide variety of facilities upgrades throughout the district, certainly not just a stadium at Wood. VUSD officials have made recent site visits to all elementary, middle, and high schools to determine exactly what upgrades are most needed at each. This “facilities needs list” is sure to include projects of varying size and scope designed to provide the best possible educational experience to all Vacaville public school students. In fact, it is my understanding that the largest project on the list in terms of cost is a sorely-needed new classroom building at Vacaville High School. It will be interesting to see what other projects make the final list which will play a key role in the district’s decision whether or not to pursue putting a bond up for ballot.

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  • The MisterDecember 29, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Maybe if the school district didn't spend boat-loads of money on the unproven Common Core there would be money to do some of these things on your list. And the economy still sucks in Vacaville as evidenced by the City Council forcing the worker-level City employees to take a 9 percent pay cut two months ago. You want to raise their taxes too to support Common Core and the other things on your wish list?

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  • RyanDecember 29, 2013 - 11:06 am

    Daaaah, Of course "the intent of a potential school bond ... is to fund a wide variety of facilities upgrades throughout the district, certainly not just a stadium at Wood. Why Taxpayers that are in the Vacaville H.S. district would want to pay for a stadium at Wood? By adding to the project (bond measure) some non-essential, non-educational project(s) at Vaca High they would try to convince all Vacaville that the bond will resolve the issues. LOL The schools are to EDUCATE our children. The District should worry about getting its schools out of Program Improvement and forget spending Taxpayers money for a fancy "stadium to graduate, have track meets, soccer and football games" for students that can not read and write.

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