Ventura City Council- 3-7-16- on sales tax increase

treatment arial, buy sans-serif; color: #000000;”>ColumnLogo-1By Rellis Smith, 3/7/2016
 

Ventura City Council meeting, March 7, 2016.  As far as council meetings go this one wasn’t so bad.  First off, the E.P. Foster School and a dozen students talked about the Million Acts of Kindness the city is promoting. They had created large Red Hearts with all of the suggestions on how to do an Act of Kindness. Great presentation and beautiful Hearts of Kindness.

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The second item was an award to Claddagh Dance Company as the Ventura Business of the month.  The student dancers appeared in full dancing costume, these are utterly fantastic, it must take the girls hours just to have their hair done. These girls are wonderful dancers; the Claddagh school has won over 300 local, state, national and international awards for their dancing. If you ever get a chance to see them, make sure you don’t miss it. Plus, the owner of the school says new students get the first month free. She wants everybody to come visit.
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I spoke briefly to the Mayor and Council.  My talk was about the proposed sales tax increase. What I said to the Gang in the Ivory Tower (Ventura City Council) was this:

So the other night when you gave your rousing “Raise Sales Tax Speech”, you compared Ventura and its sales tax with all other cities in California that have Catholic Missions and told us they were all at 8% and more.

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Comparing mostly Northern California cities with Ventura is akin to comparing apples and oranges.  Tell us why did you refrain from comparing Ventura’s Sales Tax of 7.5% to the majority of cities in Ventura County that also have a 7.5% sales tax?
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These areas are:
Camarillo, Casitas Springs, Fillmore, Lake Sherwood, Mieners Oaks*, Montalvo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Nyeland Acres, Oak Park , Oak View , Ojai, Piru, Point Mugu, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Santa Rosa Valley

Oh and by the way, Ventura County is at 7.5% sales tax.

You are also telling us that you and the rest of the Gang in the Ivory Tower promise that this sales tax increase would be used only for infrastructure repair, more police and firemen really sounds like a good idea. The only problem is that in the past every time the Gang in the Ivory Tower makes a promise, hell freezes over before that promise is kept.
Subsequently, a  budget discussion took place.
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Rellis Smith is a Ventura Resident- [email protected]

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William "Bill" Hicks
William "Bill" Hicks
5 years ago

Keep the questions going Rellis Smith. One of my questions to the Cities in Ventura County is……With all the emphasis on “Share The Road” why aren’t cyclist required to pay for the bike lanes with licenses and fee’s instead of our gas tax?