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By Kimberly Berg–
For the past 17 years, I have owned Citrus Heights Car Wash, and was thrilled to purchase a home here 6 years ago. I support Measure M. I have personally seen how the city has responsibly managed taxpayer money, balanced their budget, and kept their promises.
The city anticipates that 1% sales tax increase will generate $12 million, costing consumers ONLY an extra $4 – $8 per month. Is this a smart Return on Investment?
As a business owner, the safety of my business and customers is very important. This increase will help fill 17 vacant positions in the police department, improve emergency response times, our streets, and help reduce and prevent homelessness. You can’t even hire a private patrol company or get alarm monitoring for $8 a month!
I worry about the pandemic’s impact on our city and the economic consequences. With more of our residents losing their jobs and potentially becoming homeless, I want our city to offer resources that could help them stay in their homes, and keep our city safe.
I trust the elected officials when they tell me every penny will ONLY be spent in Citrus Heights, that the proceeds will be audited annually by an independent certified public accountant, then reviewed annually by a Citizen’s Oversight Committee, with public disclosure.
I think $8 a month is a SMART VALUE for what we’ll be getting to keep our city safe! I hope you will join me in supporting Measure M.
Not in favor of paying more taxes
As a resident of Citrus Heights for the last 12 years , I can’t help but think that if the city is in need of more revenue, why can we not support more of our struggling business. Even before Covid, the many shops and restaurants were failing, we could not even support or revitalize our once great Sunrise Mall.
Now, instead you want to convert it to housing ( which will bring more money I’m sure, but it will also bring more demands on our city. Even major chains can’t do business here! Logan’s, El Torino, CoCos, Denny’s !
Instead we watch as they fall by the wayside and invite another new building and business to join the already failing business!
This is only my observation, however it’s one I feel is very valid. So, no, I’m not in favor of paying additional taxes when it should be coming from other sources.
-James Cowger, Citrus Heights
I’ll be shopping elsewhere if Measure M passes
Dear Mr. Hancock, I could not agree more to your article on measure “M” . You beat me to the punch, as my family will be shopping elsewhere for ALL our needs if measure “M” should pass. Please Citrus Heights residents. Read, read, read the pro’s and con’s to this issue.
-Thomas Milton, Citrus Heights
Measure M is needed
There is never a good time to ask people to pay more taxes. Citrus Heights made the bold step to become independent in 1997. We have almost fulfilled all of our financial responsibilities that came with it. Measure M will help fill in the gaps where funding is sorely needed. Please support Measure M by voting YES in Nov. 3 and keep Citrus Heights moving forward.
-Lisa Glaser, Citrus Heights
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