The Davis City Council has similar qualities to the Honey Boo Boo show, little substance or significance. Just a joke, council members. The state of California is basically in financial ruins and there’s only a couple of solutions to fix the problem. Cutting back on the endless drunken sailor spending is not one of the answers. Based on local and state leaders, the correct answers are to raise taxes and rates on local services.
The Davis City Council met this week to discuss the necessity to raise waste removal rates. The 3% increase is not that significant but for those families on fixed incomes, every penny counts. The city clerk has only received 21 protests to the rate increase from property owners. In order to abort the new rates, more than 50% of property owners in Davis would have to file a protest. The council will keep the public hearing open regarding the rate increase until September 25th meeting, when it will make the final decision on the rate increase.
If this were the only increase in local services, that would be acceptable and not worth complaining about. We have the upcoming Water Surface Project and the new parcel tax for increase funding to our local schools. The last school parcel tax that was overwhelmingly approved by voters on the pretense of saving teacher jobs and cutting classroom size was questionable at best. Classroom sizes have not decreased and a number of teachers lost jobs.
The accolades keep pouring in for Davis. From our highly acclaimed Farmers Market to our greenbelts and bike paths and now UC Davis has been chosen by U.S. News as the 8th best public university. UC Davis was previously ranked 9th over the last two years. Harvard and Princeton were tied for first. An education at UCD is reasonably priced for in-state residents at $13,877, which ranks 13th nationally.
The Water Advisory Committee continues to mull over the two water surface projects that will be placed before the voters in 2013. The committee will choose between teaming with Woodland and siphoning water from the Sacramento River and the second option is purchasing water from West Sacramento. The cost for either project is astronomical and will more than likely cost much more than was originally reported. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.