So the election is over. Some of the candidates that we supported won and some of them lost. Some of the propositions that we voted for won and some lost. We will just have to accept that and move on the best we can.
However, our city leaders wanted us to pass some new tax initiatives that would “turn around” our financial plight.
They asked and we passed these new tax increases because they told us in no uncertain terms that “the city management, to keep protecting you and serving you the way you deserve to be served at the highest level, need to reassess and increase taxes but only for a short time until things get back to normal.”
Then the new tax rate will be “rescinded.”
Since we know that there is a wee problem with transparency in the dealings with the city administration, I propose that we install a citizenry committee to help with the transparency. This volunteer committee would meet with administration when it comes time to spend on projects that will be using this “new money,” so that it can be reported to the community and they can have a voice.
We are being told that this new tax money is for our benefit and since we know that the administrators don’t want to mislead us, we can help them get the word out and let the people know what is being done with the money. About every six months there would be a new batch of volunteers to be kept in the loop about where the money is going.
If there was nobody who wanted to “volunteer,” then we can go ahead and have our neighborly Solano County tax watchdog group do the job, so that we can rest assured that city government is as transparent as they assure us they are.
Editor’s note: The language of all local tax measures requires an oversight committee.