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Were taxpayers subsidizing builders?

Original post made on Dec 22, 2008

Somewhat lost in the hubbub over the Menlo Park City Council's recent decision to increase fees at the Menlo Children's Center was its approval of a steep bump in fees for planning services, nearly doubling the city's cost recovery rate for those services.

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Posted by good grief
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 22, 2008 at 11:45 am

The city forfeits $600K. Heinick says one thing. Augustine says another thing (wrong, apparently). Rojas says "ask Carol". Is anyone else worried when Carol Augustine says she's "pretty confindent" the city's got its act together regarding planning services costs?

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Posted by finance watcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 23, 2008 at 8:23 am

How can the city council make good decisions if they're not given good information? There seem to be some real problems with staff competence, and I don't mean the rank and file staff. Shouldn't the council demand better? Shouldn't we?

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Posted by not happy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 24, 2008 at 9:21 am

So we find out that we taxpayers have been subsidizing the development activities that concern us: major projects that defy the city's general plan and zoning codes but proceed anyway, and McMansions that are being built by spec developers who have no intention of becoming part of our neighborhoods but want to profit from their greed while squandering resources and changing the character of our community forever. And no, I am not criticizing either renovation or all development. I just don't like that the city has knowingly subsidized development activities that many of us oppose - with our own money!

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Posted by Cosette
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm

I'm sure that there are subtleties to the job of municipal finance director that we regular people can't fathom, but it sure seems like MP has put its money in the wrong hands.

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