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August 20, 2008 > Letter to the Editor: Cut up the local government credit card

Letter to the Editor: Cut up the local government credit card

As legislators grapple with how to close the state's budget deficit, they need to hear loudly that borrowing from local government, redevelopment or transportation is irresponsible. State leaders should use cuts or taxes, not take these funds.

Here in Fremont we face many of the same budget challenges as the state, and this year has been extremely difficult. Property and sales taxes are less than projected and energy costs are straining our City budget. If the state borrows or takes part of our property taxes or transportation funds, it's going to hurt us even more. Services will be cut and our residents will suffer.

The Governor has repeatedly told the Legislature it's wrong to steal local government and transportation revenues to fix the state's deficit. In 2004, 84 percent of voters agreed, passing Proposition 1A to end the reckless seizing of local revenues. Two years later, 77 percent of voters again told the Legislature to fix its own problems and protected transportation dollars.

Don't let the state government shift responsibility for its chronic inability to do real budget reform to Fremont residents. Cut up the local government credit card once and for all!

Mayor Bob Wasserman

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