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Palo Alto sees good news on revenue front

Original post made on Oct 19, 2011

Rising revenues and savings in a new firefighter contract have brought Palo Alto a rare bit of good news on the financial front -- developments that should stave off personnel cuts in the current fiscal year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 9:55 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Steven, a resident of Ventura
on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

I like good news :-)


Posted by Enough!, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

Better news would have been that the Mitchell Park project is under control. Never been convinced that many million dollar screw up was necessary in the first place.


Posted by Jo Ann, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

Better news is that you'd cut our outrageous utility rates and fix the stupid track light timing.


Posted by Andrew, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

The stealth revenue grabs (the spiking of water and garbage rates, addition of fees for residents trying to put solar panels on their houses, etc.) all need to be reversed before the city spends another dollar on pet projects or raises for itself.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

The best way to increase revenue would be to allow decent retail in Palo Alto. Most Palo Altans spend their tax dollars supporting Mountain View and Menlo Park.


Posted by T. Ewart, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Let's see......$42 million for the Mitchell Park bldg. and still $3 million short! Now where should we get this.....oh, I know, a 9% cut to the firefighters!
Unreal!


Posted by george, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Increased revenue doesn't mean revisiting the candy store. Let's not fall into the previous pattern of spending $1/4 Million here, another $1/4 Million there for feel good projects or ideas. Any increased revenue must be set aside to reduce the $500 Million backlog of City projects - deferred maintenance, replacement of obsolete buildings and equipment, etc.

By the end of the year the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission (IBRC) is to have a report for the Council. It should identify the ways to reduce and eventually complete the present unfunded essential programs needed to keep our city functioning - now and for the future.


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