The Empire Strikes Back! City Attorney Provides Memo to Council Detailing Possible Dis-incorporation of Sierra Madre. A few weeks ago, we reported exclusively on Radio Free Los Angeles that the City of Sierra Madre is threatening to “disincorporate,” i.e., shut down the city if taxpayers repeal the Utility Users Tax. Apparently, the City Council decided that it just could not – or would not – deal with its spending problem or make the changes necessary to operate within a lower budget. The Council asked the City Attorney, Theresa Highsmith, to prepare a legal memorandum about what is involved in [...]
Measure D: A Step in the Right Direction In a few short days, taxpayers in the City of Sierra Madre will have the opportunity to do something both rare and necessary: reduce taxes and say “NO” to Big Government. Sponsored by local residents Earl Richey and David McMonigle, Measure D would end the obnoxious Utility Users Tax and reduce taxes by $2.6 million a year. Even though City revenues have grown 82% since 2006, spending has kept pace. Obviously, Sierra Madre does not have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. The City continues to hire [...]
Solutions to Sierra Madre's Fiscal Crisis. Here are some common-sense steps to address and ultimately fix the fiscal crisis in the City of Sierra Madre. Admit You Have a Problem The first step in solving any problem is to admit that you have one. From all appearances, the City of Sierra Madre and the majority of its residents are either unaware they have a problem or are unwilling to admit it. Like most California cities, Sierra Madre spends too much on too many things, especially employee salaries, pensions and benefits. They have spent so much and incurred [...]
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