The current 20-21 fiscal year revised budget as of June 2020 is $34M Measure M would be expected to raise $12M.
That is a 35% tax increase on residents and businesses, adding to the hardships imposed by COVID-19.
In August of 2016, City Manager Christopher Boyd pledged;
"We will never go into debt, I can assure you that".
Well just a short 27 months (11/15/18) into his tenure as City Manager Christopher
Boyd requested a $12,000,000 line of credit, which your City Council approved. Over the term of that loan the city will pay $9,000,000 in interest payments.
By the way the Citrus Heights City Council IS by design a citizen oversight committee, so as a result the "Citizen" oversight committee mentioned in Measure M would be a duplication of effort.
Measure M hits low income families the hardest! Many of Citrus Heights Residents are struggling with reduced hours and layoffs. It's insensitive to ask taxpayers to pay ANY more during the ongoing pandemic.
The City of Citrus Heights has a spending problem not a revenue problem. New city buildings, extravagant pay scales and excessive pay raises have resulted in a short term budget short fall.
Citrus Heights Businesses are hurting, many have closed and will never reopen.
1% = $12,000,000/yr is TOO MUCH!
M is FOREVER! That's too long!
M has no REAL Oversight! One annual review by a committee of City Council Appointees that will issue it's report AFTER Measure M funds are spent.
Calling it a 1 cent tax is dishonest and deceitful!
THIS IS WHY MEASURE M is a BAD TAX!
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On November 3rd 2020 please vote NO on Citrus Heights Measure M, to stop the sales tax hike.