Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On Parcel Taxes…

Live Blogging #oakdebates | 7:40pm
Candidate Lee Tolbert thinks that “we don’t have deep pockets”  [in the city] and getting greater efficiencies from staff will be important to “eliminating’ waste and showing results form taxes. Results have to be ‘shown’ before “we can ask for more taxes.”
Kaplan wants programs to be “effective and efficient” says that she is working on putting building permits online to help with transparency, also cites that working regionally to decrease illegal dumping, and attract retail.  
De La Fuente says the “straight answer to the question is no.” He isn’t “convinced” that more money isn’t the answer instead points to staff accountability and greater controls like “GPS in police cars.”
Anderson-Downs says that she “wouldn’t vote for a parcel tax.” Mentions that city should explore ‘salary cuts’ and ‘buckle down’ to save money.  

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