Thursday, October 2, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Senior center fees unfair to seniors

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From page A13 | December 19, 2012 |

Right on Annie Johnson (“Senior center fee is prohibitive,” Dec. 15)! We at the Geranium City Garden Club have been dealing with this for two years. This is so unfair to our senior population.

The senior center was built for the seniors and City Council always saying, “We are going to close this building down to the seniors” is a threat to our elderly population. Our garden club is the organization that graciously worked for months to donate the lovely patio at the senior center six years ago and has continued to maintain it. Later we added a “Blue Star Memorial By-Way Marker” in honor of our veterans and a tribute to the armed forces of America to the senior garden court.

What about contributors from Suisun City and Vacaville to the Fairfield Senior Center? Their seniors are charged $60 a year if they are in an organization that meets at Fairfield senior center.

Our garden club meets monthly seven or eight times per year and contributes funds annually. Wouldn’t it be fair to dispense with this contention and let all seniors enjoy their time in the center?

Laura Labrado, President

Geranium City Garden Club of Fairfield/Suisun

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  • jagDecember 19, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Simple math do you have enough $60 a month payers to maintain the building cost per year If yes you stay open If no you close Tax dollars should go to police and fire and yes I guess schools but if we had school choice I could put it to my school of choice and we would not have to deal with people like Jackie Diass

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  • rlw895December 19, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    I think it's $60/year not $60/month. At what point is a fee so small that it won't generate a complaint? We're not at a point when the City can provide many services for free anymore.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 19, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    $60 bucks a year is $15 bucks a month, I suppose that might be difficult for some on a very limited budget. But if seniors use the facility 2-3 days a week, that seems a small price to pay. However, If it is a matter of principle, that is a different argument. I know they have several things to do there mostly social activities, games etc.

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  • rlw895December 19, 2012 - 4:06 pm

    5 bucks a month;-).

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  • CD BrooksDecember 19, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Ooops! Yes of course...

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  • Typical County WorkerDecember 19, 2012 - 8:37 am

    To ensure Measure P passed, the city threatened to close the Senior Center. Why wasn’t this fee proposed before the election. I figure one reason, is that the seniors are a large portion of voting population. What I have said before, seniors have more than paid their fare share of taxes over the years. It has been poor City management that we have to threaten to take more from them.

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  • rlw895December 19, 2012 - 10:50 pm

    $5 per month. At what point does it get so low that people should pay without complaint? OK, I can see low-income seniors having the fee waived perhaps, but not all seniors are low income, while a lot of families with children are. Who should get the break? The city is more efficient now than it's ever been, and it's always been pretty efficient. What's going on now is cutting of services; call that efficiency if you want, but I prefer not to. The City has a revenue problem, not an efficiency problem. And the revenue problem is not of the City's making. And all this over $5 per month.

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  • Typical County WorkerDecember 20, 2012 - 8:43 am

    My earlier statement is not complaining about the fee, it is complaining about using scare tactics to get Measure P passed. I have no idea where you have been, if you think the city has been fiscally sensible over the years. Fairfield was once used as a study for efficiently run government, that time has long passed. The seniors are a large block of voters, to scare them equals a vote in your favor. They should have proposed this fee before the election, not after. Especially if it is necessary for the center to remain open.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 20, 2012 - 9:03 am

    TCW, yes Mr. Leland had an admirable if not prophetic plan and worked it out quite nicely. There are any number of examples that could have been used but what would be the point? Do you honestly believe that would have affected the outcome? The measure passed, in my opinion and frankly the majority as well, that is a good thing and it is time to move on.

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