Let your voice be heard
“Stop Excessive Government Spending.” I can’t agree more. However, the fingers are pointing in the wrong direction. Certain council members are responsible for “excessive government spending” by requiring an election for an petitioned initiative that was supported by over 700 registered voters. It should be pointed out that is almost twice the number of folks who voted in the previous election. “Let the voters be heard,” said J.R. Gallegos. I think the voters were heard, loud and clear.
The “excessive government spending” comes from the fact the election on the initiative was forced by the council and the city had to purchase six voting machines, at about $20,000 each, or $120,000, to meet federal mandates. With there being only two contested council seats this May, the city would only have had to buy two voting machines. But since the council insisted on taking the partial street closure of the 100 block of Main Street to a vote, they forced the taxpayers to foot another $80,000, more than necessary.
Roger Garza says those Community Center/Library supporters want to spend another $100,000 or more on a plaza. That is something that is way down the pike and can possibly be subsidized through grant funding. Besides, if this matter didn’t have to go to a vote, the city would have that additional $80,000 to put into a plaza!
It’s up to you. Vote on Saturday, May 12, or vote early. Call city hall for more information on that. Don’t expect someone else to carry your burden, get out and vote yourself to see that your voice is heard.