The citizens of Yucca Valley are in trouble and a “yes” vote on Measure U is only going to make it worse. If Measure U is enacted, a one-cent sales tax increase will be imposed and taxes collected will go into the general fund.
Someone, or in this case Mayor Dawn Rowe, city manager Mark Nuaimi, and the rest of the so-called “Republican” town council, think that during the middle of the worst recession to hit in decades, it is a good time to raise taxes. Fortunately these “Republicans” cannot raise taxes on their own. The council members and Mayor Dawn Rowe, at Mark Nuaimi’s urging, voted to put it on the ballot, as is required by law.
A sales tax increase may not cause the desired effect. Neighboring residents could very well choose to shop in their own communities, or in the alternative, head down the hill to Palm Springs where there is a nicer selection of everything.
What is particularly interesting in this instance is that even the town’s Democratic Party realize this will hurt citizens and have recommended a “no” vote. There are more important things to do with any tax increase than hand millions of dollars over to an out-of-control, spend-happy town government.
Due to groundwater contamination, the town is under state order to install sewers, a costly undertaking in the best of times and under the best of conditions. But these are not the best of times, and in the harsh Mojave Desert, one rarely finds the best of conditions.
Sewer assessments will cost each property owner thousands of dollars, and in some cases, tens of thousands of dollars. Many Yucca Valley homeowners are retirees on fixed incomes. Such assessments could easily cause them to lose their homes.
If voters are going to pass a sales tax, it needs to be a sales tax dedicated to the installation of sewers and the building of a wastewater treatment plant, not a blank check to a town council and city manager who can never be trusted to do the right thing for the citizens.
Just say “NO” to Mayor Dawn Rowe and city manager Mark Nuaimi and their pet projects that may ultimately line their own pockets. If the citizens of Yucca Valley are willing to tax themselves, vote for a tax that helps all of the town’s citizens, not just the wealthy Republican RINOs. Vote NO on Measure U.
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