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Nuaimi Misses the Mark re: Tax Impacts to Citizens

By   /   January 25, 2012  /   4 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.- Mark Nuaimi, the Town Manager of our little rural town, population just over 20,000 residents,  is receiving a large salary of $ 190,000.00 plus benefits and a monthly mileage stipend of $600.  This is  a contributing factor as I address the facts of the Board of Equalization which state increasing taxes will hurt the poor more than the rich.

While there is a stated average amount of monthly income for Yucca Valley, let us be specific about the low income and the senior citizens trying to make ends meet with their $900 a month government checks.  Some are receiving less but let us compare the two side by side, for argument’s sake using the $900 per month.  You do the math:

YV Town Manager Mark Nuaimi   $190,000.00 a year + $10,000 401K + $ 7, 200.00 annual Automobile Allowance + Health Ins $12,000 annual.

 YV Senior Citizens/Low Income          $10,800.00 a year

In Nuaimi’s recent proposal to “educate” the public to vote for a 1% tax increase, he hired some big guns (with our tax dollars) to saturate the voting public to convince us this will be a benefit for us.  There will be radio ads, print ads, television, banners and slick glossy mailers reaching into the heart, soul and pocket book of each voter. Town manager, Nuaimi, does not live here and is out of touch with this community as is the YV Town Council.

The very wealthy Sky Harbor Five Yucca Valley Council members ( except for the unemployed Hagerman) will be promoting a tax that will be harmful to a large percentage of our population that are on fixed incomes.  Again, look to the contrasting annual incomes of Nuaimi and our low income citizens.

Part of Nuaimi’s Razzle-Dazzle is his claim that  “out of towners will be paying one half of the increased sales tax” based on his review of the Buxton Economic report.  My copy is goes back to 2004 but let’s assume he has reviewed a newer updated version, for argument’s sake. Question: Why would he cite these statistics as “Gospel” and the final word? Answer: It fits his agenda!

His latest BS was claiming there was NO ANALYSIS to show there is a greater impact on low income citizens. Mark Nuaimi missed the mark with the following comment (excerpt):

“What is also forgotten here is that the low income folks are spending their limited resources on food, pharmaceuticals, and other NON TAXABLE items. There is NO ANALYSIS showing that the proposed sales tax will have the greatest impact on low income residents!!”

The truth is, higher taxes disproportionately hurt those with the lowest incomes as reported from the Board of Equalization.

“Sales-tax rates disproportionately affect the poor, because low-income Californians spend more of their income on taxable items than higher-income earners.  The lowest 20 percent of income earners in California spend 82.1 percent of their income annually on taxable items, according to the Board of Equalization, while the highest 20 percent of income earners spend only 22.6 percent of their annual income on taxable items.”

Michelle Steel, Vice Chairman of the State Board of Equalization states, “Business leaders throughout the nation continue to rank California as the worst state in which to do business.  Gas prices are near all-time highs.  The cost of groceries continues to climb as every-day items such as dish soap, toilet paper, produce and dairy are marked up because of rising commodity prices.”

Ms Steel cites that one in five Los Angeles homes is underwater, one in four in San Diego and a staggering 50% of homes are underwater in Riverside. Addressing the proposal by Gov. Brown to raise taxes she states that Californians can’t afford to have more of their pay-checks taken by the State.

 

In my opinion, IF the proposed 1% tax increase would ALL go to pay for the sewers, and ONLY the sewers, there could be a 95% voter approval,  similar to the vote for the Morongo Pipeline but that is not the case.

Vote No on the Town Tax increase of 1%  going into their General Fund!

 

 

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

4 Comments

  1. Time4David says:

    Margo, Margo Margo. . .we finally see eye to eye on something, or do we? I remember talking to you about Mark’s High Salary, but at the time you didn’t seem to think that it mattered because the Town Needed “high quality” folks AND if the only way to attract high quality was to offer more money, then who else would accept such a job in such a little dirt town as Yucca Valley?

    I think that Mark’s salary and even those in lesser roles are beyond reasonable even if they can be justified by looking at ‘average’ salaries across California. The reality is, this is Yucca Valley – it isn’t San Jose or any other City/Town with high earners. This town has what as the average salary for a family? $30,000? $40,000? Is Mark or ANYONE really worth 3x or 4x what the average person or family makes in Yucca Valley?

    In my opinion, anyone that takes on the position of Town Manager should live in Yucca Valley. They should have their nose and butt planted here 24 hours a day, except for vacations or Doctor Appointments, so to experience actually living here and what the needs of the town really are. I’d like to know if Mark works out at our local gym or gets his blood drawn at the local lab here in town. It’s a great way to get a feel for the locals and how they are turning their backs to any idea of funding a Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    It’s my impression that the Town and Hi Desert Water District has gone about this Waste Water Treatment financing all wrong. There should be banners all over town saying what a great thing it is . . if in fact it is . . . and there should be a big effort to get the U.S. Military to foot most of the bill because it is the Marines that will benefit the most by using our roads, eating in the restaurants, buying foreclosed houses, etc. We have not only Marine/Navy Families here, but a big portion of retirees are Military Veterans! That’s why the Military should be asked to help foot a big percentage of this WWTP bill. Hey Mark, do you have the courage to talk with the U.S. Military about making this Waste Water Treatment Plant a matter of National Security, instead of draining pennies from welfare, social security, and veterans’ checks by imposing a 1% tax.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      To the credit of the 29 Palms Council it is their policy to demand as a condition of employment of the City Manager that he live in 29 Palms.

      But the just when you give them credit you find out they pay the City Manager more money than a County Supervisor. Our City Manager is also paid way too much for his job description?

    • Frothard Audiganus says:

      “In my opinion, anyone that takes on the position of Town Manager should live in Yucca Valley. They should have their nose and butt planted here 24 hours a day, except for vacations or Doctor Appointments, so to experience actually living here and what the needs of the town really are. I’d like to know if Mark works out at our local gym or gets his blood drawn at the local lab here in town. It’s a great way to get a feel for the locals and how they are turning their backs to any idea of funding a Waste Water Treatment Plant.”

      Hear! Hear!

  2. @Time4David- I remember you. In fact I posted a story about our encounter at Town Hall.

    That was over a year ago when I was hopeful this Town Manager would bring in his talents for the good of our town. It has been downhill ever since.

    Nuaimi does not live here and that is a big mistake. In fact, he has created some openings to bring in two high salary employees from his ol’ stomping grounds and his CORE crew from Fontana for our Senior Housing. Look for a mini van route called “The Inland Express” bringing outsiders, his buddies, to Yucca Valley.

    Our Town lucked out with the RDA rug pulled out from him before he could put us in deep debt. Look at Fontana’s RDA debt where he was Mayor for 12 years calling the shots and Colton is finally turning things around after his 3.75 years of his agressive, arrogant management style.

    Nuaimi is going to conduct the “Vision Planning” with the YV Town Council this Friday and his performance review will be held the next day in closed session.There is only one Councilmember that originally hired him…and no one even Googled his name as part of their due diligence!

    This Friday he will ask questions and the participants will register their vote electronically with very little dialog or exchange of ideas of our elected/appointed leaders. Nuaimi is in control of the question, how they are phrased and designed to achieve HIS goals.

    Last year, Newbie Isaac Hagerman asked to change his answers to support (mimick) Councilman Chad Mayes…..and Nuaimi said ok!

    This Town Council has no spine and they forget Nuaimi is our employee, nothing more-nothing less, he has been making all the decisions without public discussions of the Council.

    Nuaimi even submitted a BLANK lease agreement that both sides did not like with his application for grant funding! Oh yes….there’s more.

    Will you be able to attend Friday’s session? Hope to see you agin and thanks for caring.

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