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Council: State taking Palo Alto funds is 'dumb'

Original post made on May 12, 2009

Calling it "dumb" and "irresponsible," Palo Alto officials condemned a state Department of Finance proposal to use local property-tax revenues to help close the state's $15 billion (and growing) budget gap.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 12:38 AM

Comments (20)

Posted by R
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2009 at 10:25 am

Fix the one place in the article that says $2.43 *billion*

Posted by Marvin
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 12, 2009 at 10:31 am

I love it when the PA City Council calls other's fiscal activities "dumb and irresponsible"--like the pot calling the kettle black.
Maybe Larry Klein should tell the governor he will hold his breath until the governor agrees not to take the money. I am sure that will help!!!

Posted by lol
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

Yes, Marvin, this sooo reminds me of a city that takes money from Utility bills to pay for the structural deficit in its general fund.

Posted by Dave
a resident of The Greenhouse
on May 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

In addressing the fiscal needs of the city particularly the building of a new police station and where the money is going to come from perhaps the council can discuss what the city is going to do with the current police building. Can the existing building or site be sold? Or are we going to back to the "utility well?"

Posted by Hank
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

Starve. The. Beast.

Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Soooo, what interest rate is proposed? (My credit cards want 28% APR.) And who guarantees the payback?

Posted by Solon
a resident of Professorville
on May 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

So, how come the City thinks it is DUMB when the state takes money from the City, but the City thinks it is NOT DUMB when they take OUR money,
$10 to $20,000,000 million in unnecessary utility charges, extra slaes tax, extra property tax, extra supplemental property tax, income tax on business, high fines, high fees, licences, driving out businesses, professionals, retail, consultants, long time hoe owners, etc, etc.

My, my.

Isn't turning over more and more money to a higher ever bigger government what the City wants?

Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on May 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Too bad the state doesn’t own some utilities. Then Palo Alto could show the governor how to solve the deficit.

Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on May 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm

“The staff report said the state proposal would require Palo Alto to cut a variety of local programs and services, including the police School Resource Officer program, the police traffic team, the city's shuttle service and the Office of Emergency Services.”

The proposal does not REQUIRE Palo Alto to cut Emergency Services or any other specific service. The staff suggests cutting police and emergency services as a scare tactic.

It’s completely irresponsible to even consider putting emergency services on the chopping block. There are many other low priority items that should be cut first. Any rational person knows this.

Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Do not worry, Nanny Joe is working on a Palo Alto gets all the money bill.

He feels there should be a law against Palo Alto being accountable. Go joe go...

Posted by Too much talk and no action
a resident of Community Center
on May 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

The above post shows Palo Altan are so frustrated with the Cities huge budget and wasteful expenses on salaries and benefits that it is time - for an uprise.

Posted by Give Up
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 13, 2009 at 6:50 am

What do you expect from an area controlled by Democrats? Tax and spend, tax and spend...

Posted by fireman
a resident of another community
on May 13, 2009 at 7:31 am

Give it up.

When will people stop with the (D) and (R) stuff. One planet one people?

There are way to many inept, out of control losers running this city and state, WEARING both (R) and (D) behind their names.

The corruption and waste in Palo Alto is both a (D) and (R) thing and I am sure a few green party members are STUFFING THEIR POCKETS with PUBLIC BUCKS>

Posted by don't give up
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

Democrats tax and spend - same old myth.

75% of the national debt was created by three presidents - Reagan, Bush, and Bush. All Republican.

The Republican "No New Taxes" mantra is funded by extreme deficit spending. Sounds great to the voter, but dumps a double sized problem on your progeny.

Posted by liberty
a resident of Downtown North
on May 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

It's easy to work the math to show that (R)'s created all the debt.
It's easy to work the math to show that (D)'s created all the debt.
The reality is the (D)'s and (R)'s work together to take your money and spend it on their own power grab. The (D)'s and (R)'s are just distracting us so we won't realize how ridiculous the size and reach of government has become.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 13, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Betcha the State still has live operators in the VIP elevators to make sure your representatives don;t have to ride with the unwashed.

Posted by Give Up
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 14, 2009 at 7:16 am

Right now, you know who's fleecing the public? It's the public unions, including the teachers. While programs are being cut, they're still increasing in employment.

And they mostly contribute to (D).

Posted by Give Up
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

More info. Read and weep (as a taxpayer, I know I am)

Unions vs. Taxpayers:
Web Link

Posted by Phil
a resident of Midtown
on May 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

Clean out the stables, top to bottom.

Posted by brian wilson
a resident of Midtown
on May 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Lets get rid of the UNIONS so we can all get back to minimum wage jobs with no benefits! Who needs health benefits when the federal government will take care of us. Who needs money when I can get food stamps for free! Who needs a job when every social responsibility will be eliminated by our pals the government! The government is your friend!

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