I just don’t “C” it.
I know all the oxygen in the room is being used up by “B” the cemetery issue. But there are 2 other insidious measures that need some attention.
“C” is almost boring if it were not for the attention grabbing and popular “makes it harder to raise YOUR taxes” headline. It will make it harder to do that but let’s look at it and see if there isn’t real manipulation involved that serves a higher power. Mayor Wagner explains that General cities require a 2/3rd passage which Irvine, as a Charter City does not.
My first point is then why isn’t the Mayor asking for us to change our City from a Charter to General? What difficulties has Irvine encountered over its existence that requires us to seek a resolution to a problem that doesn’t exist? When did any resident’s city taxes go up? When was the last time a corporation’s city taxes go up?
Because we are Charter City and have a 5 member council we pass everything on a majority of 3 votes out of 5. That’s 60%. “C” in reality will require 4 of 5 votes, or 80%.
That’s a super-super majority. What issue requires that? As I have stated elsewhere, we can declare war with a smaller percentage. So there isn’t a problem just this strange measure, put before us in concert with B and D.
I’m starting to wonder where our attention is being directed, or misdirected.
Please vote NO on C.
Show that Irvine Voters aren’t mushrooms, to be kept in the dark and fed “manure”.
Susan SayreMay 9, 2018 at 11:03 am
As Federal, State and County funding for infrastructure (such as schools and affordable housing), social and human services (such as services for seniors, disabled and low income residents) is being reduced or cut, Irvine may need to raise taxes in order to supplement funding for much needed services that we provide. We already voted to increased taxes to support Irvine Schools. If we vote “yes” on C, it may be next to impossible to get our City Council to put an initiative on the ballot for Irvine residents to vote for supplemental funding for needed infrastructure and support services needs.
cherylMay 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm
HAH!!!! I was wondering how to get a 75% majority with 5 members on the city council.
I think a no is in order too.
James TroupMay 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm
I’m still trying to figure out who or what is behind Measure C and why it is on the ballot. I think it is safe to assume it isn’t to protect the public. As stated above, a 2/3 majority means a 4 out of 5 super majority would be required to increase taxes which, I believe, includes developer fees. Either way, I presume it is another developer-backed measure to prevent their costs from being increased. Taxes aren’t always bad if managed properly. 2/3 majority leads to stalemates. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. NO on C.
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