Yucca Valley, Ca.,- There were three meetings back-to-back this evening at the Yucca Valley Town Council. The first meeting started at 5pm with a Budget Workshop spilling into the 6pm start time of the regular Town Council meeting with unfinished business.
It was obvious the Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, wanted to continue the Budget Workshop as he pressed to return to his power-point presentation, for good reason. After swarming the Town Council with various scenarios, he convinced Mayor Merl Abel to approve putting a tax initiative on the November 2013 ballot. Mayor pro-tem Robert Lombardo immediately voiced his approval of this proposal.
Nuaimi was fidgeting with the papers in his hands waiting for the others to agree to put another tax to a vote needing 2/3rd to pass. To her credit, Councilman Dawn Rowe said “NO” because she feels ANY tax measure needs to come from the citizens as an initiative to pass otherwise it will lose at the polls. She is correct with her analysis with the most brains and testosterone on the dais.
Rowe said she spoke to several people who do not feel it is any of the Town’s business to place any tax on the ballot for the Hi-Desert Water District for the sewers. She asked, why should the Town be the lead on this issue?
Councilman George Huntington sat silent for a moment and then decided to go along with “the boys” to roll the dice for another tax measure. Nuaimi remarked he only need a simple majority to place the tax on a ballot and now he has his three count. So, with no money in the budget and no real consensus of citizen support, Nuaimi is going to double-down and throw the dice again going for a 3/4% tax for 30 years.
The past Chair person, unfazed with her defeat of Measure U, claimed there were 25 persons meeting on a citizens initiative and felt she could increase the number to 45. She urged the Town Council to support placing a new tax initiative on the ballot of 3/4% for 30 years. Nuaimi said he attended these luncheon meetings as an adviser on hand for technical support only….yeah right. It’s Deja “U” all over again with the usual “bubble people” from the defeated Measure U camp promoting another sales tax measure and tossing in Council campaign meetings.
Their proposed initiative will be multifaceted to include: 1/2% tax dedicated to the sewer project with NO monies going to the HDWD until 2018 including a mandate to pave $ 5 million dollars of roads in Phase One of the sewer project. Another 1/4% tax for 30 years to pave the roads in Phase 2 of the sewer project and asking the voters to approve a 20 year bond @4% of Measure I funds to pave the roads in Phase 3 of the sewer project…GADS!
A 3/4% tax for 30 years? It’s Deja “U” all over again…
I will report more in a follow-up story. This word count is at 497 words. Done!
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