5/14/09 – After two nights of community meetings, the City Council seems inclined to pushing a tax increase as a key element of closing the budget gap. For more details, click on this article in the Daily Journal: San Carlos Tries Selling Tax to Residents.
Goal: Fix the $2.7M Shortfall
The City Council of San Carlos met yesterday evening to discuss how to close the nearly $2.7M gap in the current city budget. Ideas that are being considered include deep cuts in city services (including possible reductions in fire and police services) as well as possibly instituting some sort of sales or utility tax that could be voted on as early as July of this year. Michelle Durand of the Daily Journal published a nice summary of this meeting: Tough Budget Decisions Before City.
Public Input Sought
Before making some tough, and possibly unpopular decisions, the City Council is seeking input from the residents of San Carlos. They have provided two ways to make your thoughts known. The first is to complete an online survey on the City of San Carlos website. Click here for the link: City of San Carlos Budget Survey.
The second way to voice your opinion is to attend one of the two community meetings that the Council will be hosting, the first of which is tonight. Here are the details:
The Real Deal
Some of the City services that are slated for additional cuts are already running on fumes. It concerns me greatly that cuts are being considered to our fire and police departments, which are already running woefully thin on resources. No matter how this gap is ultimately closed, I expect we’re going to see some significant changes in San Carlos that we haven’t seen in decades.
What are your thoughts on how best to close this gap? Cut services, or raise taxes?
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