By George Miller
Oxnard is now trying to solve years of fiscal mismanagement, poor negotiations and spending control with a huge $45 MILLION dollar annual sales tax increase.
Without any warning and burying it deep in supplemental agenda materials, the Council/staff are attempting to wash away all the City’s financial problems with a 1 1/2 % sales tax increase, on top of the regular CA sales tax and supplemental Oxnard Measure O 1/2% sales tax.
If you read the 10-15 agenda, you won’t even see it. You must dive into the 100’s of pages of agenda supporting materiual to learn this.
Instead, the agenda item conceals its true intent and impact in an Orwellian summary:
1. City Manager Department
SUBJECT: The Oxnard Government Accountability and Ethics Act. (10/25/15)
RECOMMENDATION: That the City Council approve a resolution placing the Oxnard
Government Accountability and Ethics Act (the Act) on the March 3, 2020 primary election ballot.
Legislative Body: City Council
Contact: Alexander Nguyen, (805) 385-7430
See anything there about a huge, confiscatory, highly controversial money grab? Nope. Should the so-called “transparency” act also address such deceptive phraseology?
Instead, to find out what’s REALLY going on, you have to dig through the voluminous agenda detail beginning on page 277 of 707 to finally learn that they want to pick your pockets:
OXNARD’S PROTECT LOCAL CONTROL, VITAL CITY SERVICES, PUBLIC’S SAFETY MEASURE
“To protect the public’s safety; improve 911 emergency/disaster preparedness, response times, vehicles; prevent fire station closures; repair local streets/potholes/alleys; address homelessness; maintain storm drains, parks, other general services/infrastructure, secure Oxnard’s financial stability; shall an ordinance establishing 1½ cent sales tax providing approximately $45,000,000 annually until ended by voters be adopted; requiring annual independent financial audits, public oversight, all funds for Oxnard?”
Alex Nguyen’s “transparency” act? Ha!
Remember next November, folks, If Aaron Starr doesn’t conduct another recall election first. And someone on the Council now wants a promotion to a six-figure County Supervisors job? For this kind of mismanagement?
George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.