Tomorrow night, the Eureka City Council will be voting on whether or not to put an extension of Measure ‘O’ on the ballot. That’s right folks, the City Council wants your money for the next….who knows how many years?
On the agenda, Eureka City Staff provided information regarding the possible “sunset” dates for this temporary tax increase. The first would be a 5 year extension with the possibility of the Council extending it to….forever. The next two would be 5 or ten years. And as always, they could just put it on the ballot as never ending. However, the smart money’s on leaving up to the very capable Council to decide when to end this 4 million dollar a year windfall.
Also included in the information, was the Orwellian propaganda plan for how to sell this unnecessary tax to the public. Of course, added in the language of the plan was the sentence (error’s included); “The City is limited to using public resources to only provide information on a ballot measure and cannot spend public resources on what may be consider campaigning.” Apparently that doesn’t preclude the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Finance Director, Director of Public Works, City Manager, ect., from attending meetings and scaring the public by threatening to stop City Government if the tax isn’t extended.
Another step was that the Finance Advisory Committee should be “engaged to provide a recommendation to the City Council regarding the extension of the tax”. That step has already been accomplished at the hand of the Jager protégé, Rubber Stamper and head of the Committee, Coroner Dave Paris (who was given his job by the former Coroner Frank Jager).
Also important in the propaganda (ahem) “informational” process is engaging the community to rally around the tax. The community groups that have been engaged to date are; Humboldt Association of Realtors, Discovery Museum, Henderson Center Merchants Association, Eureka Main Street, Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, Humboldt Senior Resource Center, Clarke Museum, Area 1 Agency of Aging, Eureka Chamber of Commerce and the Humboldt Convention and Visitors Bureau. Talk about asking a group of pigs if they want any slop. These agencies represent the who’s who of funding from the City!
Our local media will see through the smoke and mirrors, right? Well….the city has plans for the media too, and some of them have already bore fruit (the recent Times-Standard “editorial” is one example). According to the plan; “The media will need to be re-educated regarding the importance of the tax in maintaining priority City services. Informational media packets should be presented to the media in person by city representatives including the Mayor, City Council Representative, City Manager and Finance Director. Editorial Boards provide a good opportunity for the information to be presented”. After that, there was an added line which seemed to be the cities idea of a joke; “(remember, only information can be provided…no campaigning)”.
That’s right, no campaigning. That’s why there’s been so much information put out to the public and media regarding how the departments can tighten their belts if the tax doesn’t get extended! This farce has gone on for way to long. And if the City Council gets their way, the money taken out of your pocket could continue for a very, very, very long time. Or, forever.
Just say No to More “O”