Posted by Accuracy, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Oct 30, 2009 at 11:28 pm
Please let me, politely, point out the inaccuracy in what you have stated above. The parcel tax does not "fund infrastructure improvements as well as town general fund expenses such as police and employee salaries." It is put into the same pool of money (as was pointed out in the ACIL Thread) as the rest of the revenue the Town of Atherton takes in, and the Town of Atherton's total expenditures come out of the total pool of money. Thus, it funds (on a pro-rata percentage basis) every single expenditure the Town of Atherton has including the ones that we're probably all ashamed of (like millions for lawsuits).
Look at the bottom pie chart on page 3 of
The parcel tax is allocated according to these percentages. That is, of the $750 per most households, $2.25 will go to the city council, $129.75 to public works, $372.75 to police, $31.50 to "non-department" (I guess legal), $73.50 to the building department, $14.25 to the planning department, $38.25 to the finance deparmtent, $30.75 to legal, and $57.75 to "administration".
FYI the total legal budget extimated for 2009-10 is $698,871, not $500,000 (that is, 4.1% of the $17.045M of total expenditures).
These are the facts. Here's the opinion: deny the existing parcel tax, and ask the council to resubmit with a lower amount that at least scales back administration and legal expenses.
Posted by Accuracy, a resident of the Atherton: West Atherton neighborhood, on Oct 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm
Slight correction: stating the "parcel tax funds infrastructure improvements as well as town general fund expenses such as police and employee salaries" is technically the truth, but not the whole truth. It makes it sound like these are the only uses of the money.
Posted by Ed, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Oct 30, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Dear Accuracy--would you please run for town council or apply for the city manager position or possibly become a reporter for the Almanac AS SOON AS POSSIBLE --you make alot of cents.