My wife and I watched the public hearing on Measure L expenditures in Nevada City between the Giants’-Colorado baseball game. We are NCTV regulars.
The meeting was “nearly deserted,” as The Union accurately stated. There will be no citizen’s oversight committee on Measure L was the bottom line. The Council will handle that; after all, that’s why they were elected (or in the case of two of the five, appointed) was the rationale.
The City Manager reiterated his spending recommendations, and the Finance Director got up and spoke A LOT.
The Council managed to interject our name — “The Pellines” — into the conversation a few times (we wondered if it was “code” or something), because we happily hosted a meeting of some neighbors who were concerned about Measure L with some City Hall folks.
One of them was at the meeting, and he was well spoken, noting that Grass Valley formed a citizen’s oversight committee for its sales-tax measure. The City Hall folks couldn’t remember the other neighbor’s name, though she has lived here for years. Still, it was a respectful discussion last night.
The issue all along has never been whether to support a sales tax; it has been whether a tax that isn’t targeted toward certain expenditures is prudent public policy. (We were big boosters of the street-repair tax).
Sure enough, it looks like Measure L is going to be a “piggy-bank” for a lot of causes — from a courthouse study to more ergonomic chairs at City Hall. I hope it works out for all of us, and the money is spent wisely. The good news is that it can build up the city’s dwindling general fund reserve.
Thanks to my neighbor Wally and the owner of J.J. Jackson’s for showing up. (She was well spoken about somehow reinvesting into the businesses that generated the sales tax — something my wife brought up as we discussed our own ideas before the meeting).
I wondered about a new downtown parking structure, something that’s been discussed off-and-on for years, or money for tourism (that’s what Grass Valley did), but none of that came up.
Meanwhile, in another world, the Giants rallied to beat the Rockies after being down 6-0, an exciting comeback. Matt Cain got the win.
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