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.”
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