Hotel tax heading to Menlo Park ballot Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on May 30, 2012 at 11:54 am
"If you hear nothing else tonight -- your city budget is balanced," new City Manager Alex McIntyre told the council on May 22. That balance depends on increasing the hotel guest tax rate from 10 percent to 12 percent, however, which means voters get the final say.
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Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2012 at 4:39 am
The statement from the new City Manager:
"If you hear nothing else tonight -- your city budget is balanced,"
is exactly the kind of budget balancing act that Gov. Brown plays on the State level. Balanced only if the voters will approve a new tax.
In this case, the tax would come out of the pockets of "out of towners" visiting and staying in hotels.
Having blown $1.7 million on the downtown / El Camion miss-guided specific plan, our Council comes back to the voters for more revenue.
In previous years (John Boyle era) we heard the song ďdonít worry about a deficit, we always are too conservative and will show a surplus in the end". This then led to mid-year corrections to supply needed funds to plug what indeed turned out to be deficits.
The last few councils have managed to deplete the City's general fund reserve by about one half, while continually raising fees and dipping into capital accounts to balance budgets.
Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Jun 9, 2012 at 8:04 am
I thank you for your comments. Disagree with the Boyle Statement though. The ideal City Council would consist of
1. Roy Thiele Sardina
2. Henry Riggs
3. Ned Moritz
4. Peter Ohtaki, and
5. Gail Slocum
I put Gail's name down so we could watch her be continually frustrated on television with a series of 4 to 1 votes. We wouldn't want people to be bored by efficient and effective council proceedings that are on track and don't meander. Heyward or Kelly could easily be replacements for Gail; but she's more fun to watch. However, Heyward gives her a run for the money.