On Tuesday, the City Council will act to impose a regressive increase in utility rates. I believe an alternate solution should be considered. We used Measure Z to "Save the Zoo." How about Measure P to "Save the People"?
Have the council put on the next ballot a measure to increase the sales tax within the city limits by one-tenth of 1%. If the people approve, it will cost you one dime for every $100 spent.
Measure Z is providing the zoo with about $12 million a year!
Measure P would produce perhaps $7 million for the Utilities Division, putting it in excellent shape for the foreseeable future, so much so that rates might actually be reduced rather than raised.
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What about 2007, you say? Simple -- reduce the salaries of all council members to $35,000 per year -- still a bit high for part-time people, but let's not quibble. At the same time, replace council members' staffs, along with their chiefs, with a competent secretary -- and there you have it.
Think this is a good idea? Call your council member and send your protest letter, if you haven't already done so.
Leonard E. Goldberg