Tuesday, May 26, 2009

How the legislature can hurt Mesa even further

Did you know that the legislature could put another $8 to $10 million hole in Mesa's budget? Remember back in March of 2008, when the previous council had to make cuts? Those were $21 million.

Now, imagine another $10 million on top of that.

Mayor Smith is right, the worst part of this is that Mesa will be punished for doing the right thing. When they saw that the budget was getting leaner, they bit the bullet, made the tough cuts, and even convinced the voters to support a bond package and a secondary property tax for public safety and transportation. Now, the legislature, unwilling to make the same efforts, are trying to pass the problem back to the local cities.

I don't know what is worse, having legislative leadership coming from Mesa, yet being so willing to take actions that they know will hurt their home town, or the fact that they say they are against a tax, when they know full well that their actions would cause many cities to raise taxes.

As I have said before and I will say it again, they should let the voters have a choice.

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