I would like to request that each member of the Salida City Council publicly describe how they would deal with the financial ramifications should the proposed 2A initiative be passed. Councilmen Brown and Bowers have stated they would not support a reduction in staff if the 2A initiative is implemented. With the removal of the ability to fund “operations” from 2A monies and the fact that the disbursement of 2A revenues would be rigidly defined by the ordinance, what the two Councilmen said is their desire might not be possible.
Further, I would hope that the Council does not “direct staff” to come up with the options. It is not the Staff’s budget. It is the Council’s budget. Let the Council express to the public how the City’s services would change in reaction to the potential budget change.
It is only with a clear articulation of what the 2A initiative would change that the voters of Salida can make a rational decision should it come to a vote. The City Council owes that to all voters in Salida.
Finally, I would ask Mr. Farney and Mr. Carlisle to postpone their Initiative until a scheduled election. Mr. Carlisle has often expressed concern regarding City expenditures. Having the election during a regular cycle would dramatically reduce the costs of the election to the citizens.