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Mayor explains need for utility tax

Original post made by Renee Batti, associate editor of The Almanac, on Mar 20, 2007

<I>The following guest opinion by Menlo Park Mayor Kelly Fergusson was published in the Almanac's March 21 print edition:</I>

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Posted by Menlo Park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 20, 2007 at 3:57 pm

After reading both the March 14 comment by Mr. Tolles and the rebuttal above by Ms. Fergusson -- and having some awareness of the city's financial situation -- I'd have to say that Ms. Fergusson comes across as more credible.

Mr. Tolles seems to be saying that there was intentional malfeasance. That I doubt. Ms. Fergusson responded with several good points.

In any case, we should not be running a city government that has no financial room to maneuver. Granted there was a bookkeeping error of $3.7 million and that was embarassing, but it has an explanation.

The idea that the momentum for this tax was completely misplaced because we were led down a garden path by various city officials is ridiculous.

The plan to levy the tax, see what it raises, and reassess the city's needs for utility tax moneies once we have this information is a very good way to handle this whole mess.

It's what I would do if I had the guts to run for the council.


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Posted by Oh Boy
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 21, 2007 at 12:38 am

"The plan to levy the tax, see what it raises, and reassess the city's needs for utility tax moneies once we have this information is a very good way to handle this whole mess."

So what you're saying MP Resident - which seems to be the Mayor's position as well - is that we don't know how much this tax will really raise and we don't know how much we'll really need, but let's just go ahead and collect as much as we can and go from there.

Is that any way to run a railroad?

And speaking of railroads, if the mayor keeps this up, she may well find herself "on the rails" in 2 years just like 2 certain ex-council members found themselves this past November!


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Posted by Menlo Park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 21, 2007 at 10:55 am

"Is that any way to run a railroad?" Oh Boy asks.

Uh, yes. I like the openess and honesty implied in Fergusson's approach and the backing I believe she has from a majority on the City Council.

I dislike the cagy and overly precise Tolles approach. There's something in me that does not love and never will love the way a banker, or former banker, thinks, particularly about public policy that affects the rest of us.