Post a New Topic
Original post made
on Jul 24, 2012
"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
We obvious have really intelligent elected officials -- MP city council wants to raise the hotel tax when the county voted it down in June; the Board of Supervisors want to raise the sales tax to add to the general fund when the county voted down tax increases in June; and the legislature and governor want to raise taxes to fund HSR when other viable programs are cut and the state is going broke. The feds want to raise taxes too. Pretty soon we won't have any money left to pay for government.
Just say NO to more taxes.
I'll be saying NO. Our politicians just don't seem to have "cutting expenses" in their lexicon. Until they do, they'll get no more voluntary money from me.
"the need to maintain critical county services in the face of continuing government budget cuts and rising benefit expenses."
The taxpayers' well is dry.
The answer is to cut expenses, eliminate programs and to control benefits by negotiations and outsourcing.
Wait! You want more of my money because???
Oh, right! HSR!!! Sorry no thanks!
Dream act!!! Sorry, but my company cannot even hire those graduates!!!!
Everything else!!! Sorry, but no thanks!
The truth of this is this. I have 2 young children. What do I teach them to be successful in life? At this point, I would tell them to join a public union, retire at 50 or so. Don't get 2 degrees, work your tail off for 10 years to afford a nice little house in a nice neighborhood. As long as you are union, have it all given to you as an "entitlement", since you need to live in the town where you have your cushy job and don't have to work too hard, since you gave up """HUGE""" money to work in the public sectore...
The Board of Supervisors wants to increase the sales tax just after giving the new Controller an 11% raise.
If this is financial responsibility, we're doomed.
I applaud Supervisor Dave Pine for voting against the sales tax proposal. Businesses in San Mateo County are struggling, and families are having a hard time making ends meet. It's hard enough for our local businesses to compete with online companies who are not charging sales tax for online purchases. Keep up the good work Supervisor Pine!
Recent measures T, U and X were intended to tax tourists and visitors on San Mateo County. Only measure T (rental car tax) passed by a few hundred votes with 50.1%. Now the board is proposing a sales tax on residents. We predict this sales tax measure will be slaughtered at the ballot box.
Bob commented above that Menlo Park city council wants to raise the hotel tax when the county voted it down in June. Bob will be pleased to learn that Menlo Park's elected officials listen to the voters of Menlo Park. On page 188 of the Statement of the Vote (Web Link) we can see that Menlo Park voters approved the Measure U (hotel tax) by 146 votes with 52.5%.
Do these elected officials live in a bubble? As John stated above, I also applaud Dave Pine for voting against the tax increase, and the others should be removed from office. We are already taxed too much and to add even more taxation is just plain crazy! Our society is going to implode if we don't stop runaway spending and irresponsible government.
How dare they ask for more money! Reform and cut expenses first.
This is simple we San Mateo County need 2 different Supervisors to add to Dave Pine.
2 of our 4 Supervisors were appointed NOT elected
Spread the word..."Not another dime" until the systemic issues and the waste within local government that have caused the deficits are dealt with.
It's so easy for politicians to spend other peoples' money and pretend they're do-gooders. Well, not mine! I'll remember the names Tissier and Horsley for a long time. Down and out they go! And all those who ever vote for tax increases with no mention of spending cuts. Throw the bums out at ALL levels of government! Anti-incumbent here we come!
Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.
Post a comment
Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online.
Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information
We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.
Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?
- Atherton: Lindenwood
- Atherton: Lloyden Park
- Atherton: other
- Atherton: West Atherton
- Atherton: West of Alameda
- Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
- Menlo Park: Belle Haven
- Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
- Menlo Park: Downtown
- Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
- Menlo Park: Felton Gables
- Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
- Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
- Menlo Park: other
- Menlo Park: Park Forest
- Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
- Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
- Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
- Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
- Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
- Menlo Park: The Willows
- Menlo Park: University Heights
- Portola Valley: Brookside Park
- Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
- Portola Valley: Ladera
- Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
- Portola Valley: other
- Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
- Portola Valley: Westridge
- Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
- Woodside: Emerald Hills
- Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
- Woodside: Kings Mountain/Skyline
- Woodside: Mountain Home Road
- Woodside: other
- Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
- Woodside: Woodside Glens
- Woodside: Woodside Heights
- Woodside: Woodside Hills
- Belle Haven Elementary
- Corte Madera School
- Encinal School
- Hillview Middle School
- James Flood Magnet School
- La Entrada School
- Las Lomitas School
- Laurel School
- Menlo-Atherton High School
- Oak Knoll School
- Ormondale School
- Willow Oaks Elementary
- Woodside High School
- Woodside School
- another community
Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.
Best High Dives to Watch the Game
By Laura Stec | 14 comments | 2,526 views
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,401 views
King of the Slides
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 1,085 views
Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Paul Bendix | 1 comment | 269 views
Home & Real Estate
Shop Menlo Park
Send News Tips
Circulation & Delivery
Palo Alto Online
Mountain View Voice
© 2014 The Almanac
All rights reserved.