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Without a new source of revenue, Grand Terrace and Adelanto say they would be compelled to make additional cuts in public safety and other services.
Grand Terrace officials are contemplating a $1.5 million annual utility user tax, which they say would resolve the city's deficit and put it on more secure financial footing for years to come. Voters there will be asked to support the measure in November.
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soon have the chance to play significant roles in the long term financial stability of their communities. Leaders in Grand Terrace and Adelanto last week declared fiscal emergencies, a first step toward pursuing tax measures meant to address budget shortfalls that threaten the solvency of their respective cities.
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The taxes are necessary, officials in both communities say, because they've cut services as deeply as they can and still the budgets are in deficit. The small bedroom community of Grand Terrace is some $760,000 in the hole, and Adelanto in the High Desert faces a $2.6 million shortfall.
City leaders in both Grand Terrace and Adelanto say they have already shaved what they can off their respective budgets without citizens feeling the burn. In Adelanto, cuts have translated to the closure of a fire station and a 23 percent reduction in the city's work force. In Grand Terrace, the city has reduced staff by 57 percent in Gucci Belts On Sale recent years.
to $30 a month.
is a familiar one, a dilemma Rialto voters faced in February when they overwhelmingly supported extending a utility user tax another five years rather than face a laundry list of cutbacks city leaders said would be necessary to balance the budget. Over the years, the utility user tax has come to provide about one fifth of Rialto's operating budget.
Voters in both cities will likely be asked to support a utility user tax an assessment added to utility bills such as electricity, natural gas, phone, wireless and other services currently under consideration by elected leaders.
Adelanto soon in voters' hands
Adelanto voters, meanwhile, likely will have until June 2014 to decide whether to support a utility user tax that officials say could cost taxpayers $25 Gucci Belt Used
That's not an insignificant amount these days, when folks are reluctant to loosen the financial belts they've tightened in recent years.
Those cuts were forced as sales tax revenues fell following the 2008 economic collapse and redevelopment agencies that once kept municipalities afloat were disbanded and their funds redirected to the state.
But the real decision for voters isn't whether they support a tax. It's deeper than that, and one voters should start considering now: What level of government provided services do they want to support?
Leaders in Grand Terrace and Adelanto would do well in coming months to educate voters on the trade offs associated with approving or rejecting a tax. Transparency is crucial; voters deserve to know exactly what they will gain or lose.
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