Lindsay supports Prop. 1A 'strongly'

By C.J. Barbre

They're mad as heck and they aren't going to take it anymore!

"This is a major issue with local governments," said City Manager Scot Townsend at the Oct. 12 Lindsay City Council Meeting. "The amount of money that has been taken from cities is $40 billion in local tax funds." He was urging support of Proposition 1A, a ballot measure to keep revenues traditionally returned to cities and counties.

Townsend said Proposition 1A gives the state another two-year window then funding should stabilize. "They basically have raided property tax system and it makes no sense - penalizing cities for having housing come in and rewarding cities for attracting businesses." He said the state has talked about a long-term fix but never seems to take action.

Townsend said the state's argument is that, "We will just spend the money the way we want."

He said, "The local level has most input from citizens, like Mr. Daubert." Tim Daubert is a regular at city council meetings and the city's most vocal advocate for the disabled. This very council meeting he had given them both barrels because of some curb cuts that were not of appropriate measurements for wheelchair ramps. Daubert is wheelchair bound. Possibly in reference to the old Lindsay Library, he asked the council to "Imagine if you are in a public building and have to crawl to the commode."

"This is where we have the most affect on people's lives," Townsend continued. "We heard from Mr. Stocker who said we have to take road repairs into our own hands (See TCAG story on page 3). We already did that months ago."

Mayor Ed Murray agreed that the measure is extremely important.

Mayor Pro Tem Pam Kimball concurred. "I think Scot nailed it. We've got to stop them from balancing their budget on our backs."

Resolution 04-61 passed unanimously, a resolution of the city council of the City of Lindsay expressing "strong" supportfor Proposition 1A.

According to the state Attorney General's Office, Prop 1A would safeguard local funding for public safety, health, libraries, parks, and other locally delivered services. It would prohibit the state from reducing local governments' property tax proceeds.

Prop 1A would allow its provisions to be suspended only if the governor declared a fiscal necessity, and two-thirds of the State Legislature approved the suspension. Suspended funds would need to be repaid within three years.

The proposition also requires local sales tax revenues to remain with local government and be spent for local purposes. The state would be required either to fund legislative mandates placed on local governments or to suspend them.

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