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'Yes' vote on Measure W accomplishes a lot

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Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 10:00 pm

A "yes" on W does not raise taxes or create new layers of government.

A "yes" on W will bring new jobs to Lodi. A "yes" on W will build affordable housing for seniors. A "yes" on W will clean up the Eastside, making our city safer. A "yes" on W keeps more of our tax dollars in Lodi instead of having them sent to Sacramento. A "yes" on W allows us to spend our tax money as we see fit rather than placing them at the mercy of the state legislature. A "yes" on W will give us the sorely needed cash to replace inadequate Eastside water and sewer pipes. A "yes" on W will help us fund new public safety facilities or update old ones.

Lodi is one of only eight cities in California with a population over 50,000 that doesn't have an active redevelopment program. We are missing the boat!

Now is the time to put redevelopment to work for us! Vote "yes" on Measure W in March!

Brenda Akin

Lodi

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7 comments:

  • posted at 3:13 am on Sat, Jan 24, 2009.

    Posts:

    Great Idea ZZ...let's keep handing Lodi property taxes off to the State of California so they can spend it in Los Angeles!

     
  • posted at 3:43 am on Fri, Jan 23, 2009.

    Posts:

    Scare tactics is all the opponents have to offer. Dont pass this because something bad might happen. Well, why dont we focus on what we know will happen. With out a redevelopment agency, Lodi will not receive the amount of tax dollars that we are entiltled to receive.

     
  • posted at 2:32 am on Fri, Jan 23, 2009.

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    Some independent information regarding Vallejo.http://www.cnbc.com/id/23385758"Like many California cities, Vallejo promised its employees salaries, benefits and retirement packages that it can't afford to pay, signing generous labor contracts during economically flush times, said Marcia Fritz, vice president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility."Meanwhile, Vallejo faces soaring payroll costs for its firefighters and police officers, whose pay and benefits make up nearly 80 percent of the city's general fund budget."Nothing to do with redevelopment.

     
  • posted at 1:44 pm on Thu, Jan 22, 2009.

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    Redevelopment worked well in Vallejo. It got them to bankruptcy court faster. And Stockton is heading in the same direction. California won't have any property tax monies to give to any cities for at least the next two years. What's the problem waiting until the economy picks up in 2010-2011? No one in their right mind will buy any bonds from the state of California, more or less any city or electric bonds from a tinsel town like Lodi.

     
  • posted at 8:17 am on Thu, Jan 22, 2009.

    Posts:

    Most if not all the cities in San Joaquin County have some sort of re-dvelopment and it works well, so what`s the hold-up with laughable Lodi?

     
  • posted at 8:17 am on Thu, Jan 22, 2009.

    Posts:

    Lot of times its better to miss the boat than have our City Council handling our Property Tax money in a way that will lead us into bankruptcy.like lot of Cities have done.

     
  • posted at 2:18 am on Thu, Jan 22, 2009.

    Posts:

    You are correct Brenda, re-development is a very important and useful tool for communities such as ours. The critics are hoping scare tactics will resonate with voters but that rarely works. Voters (especially in a special election) will want to understand the issues fully and will embrace measure W.

     

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