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Menlo studies service cuts, tax hikes

Original post made on Jan 30, 2012

What to cut and how to cut remains the focus of the Menlo Park City Council, which will hold a study session Monday night to discuss ways to cover a budget gap of at least $1.7 million created by the state's dissolution of the city's redevelopment agency.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:00 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Taxes, Taxes, Taxes, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

We have a SPENDING problem, NOT a REVENUE problem! The day that the city shows us that they have cut back positions, applied some salary freezes and/or cut expenses in some other manner, should be the day that we THEN consider tax increases. It's already very difficult for people to do business in this state, why make it more difficult by applying additional taxes for them to pay?

Posted by new guy, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

The sky is falling!!!

No, wait, the town has to cut people and services to be completely honest, most of us of never heard of.

My guess is that the council has to position themselves as trying to find a solution, but will do nothing to change tax rates.

This is all b/c of redevelopment money that was spent elsewhere (not on redevelopment) so basically these people / services were not funded correctly, and hence should be removed.

Government needs to do a better job with our dollars. Maybe the new city manager can donate some of his salary (he is the 1%) to save "vital employees" which will be the next argument.


Posted by Long Time Menlo Man, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The following statement by the new guy is NOT true.

"This is all b/c of redevelopment money that was spent elsewhere (not on redevelopment) so basically these people / services were not funded correctly, and hence should be removed."

The word "redevelopment" encompasses all aspects of redevelopment not just buying and building. When people make inaccurate statements in this forum it gets passed along as truth. It's not. These people/services were funded correctly as allowed by RDA rules.

Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Jan 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Long Time Menlo Man -

I can't comment on Menlo Park but when cities around California announced budget cuts due to the state's recall of redevelopment funds, the list of employees was absurdly wide - often with responsibilities very far from anything like redevelopment.

But the bigger issue is reducing services and raising taxes. Some of us have been predicting this for a long time.

Get used to it.

Posted by new guy, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

last I read, the city owns 50 properties. Why does it take 3 people to keep track of 50 properties? Please educate me what these people do all day.

to be clear, I work in a world in which I have to add value each and everyday, or else I am out of work.

Posted by residente, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

The Senior Center in Menlo Park may be in danger of closing. Many could be left without critical services, but the Mayor indicated this is only an option. The council is yet to make ​​a final decision. Web Link

Posted by revenue matters, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 31, 2012 at 10:54 am

We can't cut our way out of an unsustainable budget. There are essential things to do on the cost side such as switch from defined benefits to defined contribution for post-retirement, which the city has started in a small way.
The city has had no revenue plan despite a business development department for a number of years. Retaining and attracting revenue producing businesses should be one of the top measurements of the city management and the top measure of anyone assigned to business development.
I am not at all suggesting higher taxes for those already paying taxes but shouldn't we think hard about whether services businesses such as VC's and internet companies are paying their fair share?

Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

It is redevelopment funding that the State eliminated. However, there is no law against any City making a decision to make cuts elsewhere within their budgets to make up for the resulting lost revenue. Thus, there will likely be positions that qualified for RDA funding that are retained in some cities while positions that are not related to redevelopment are eliminated. pe4Gj

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