Concord Mails Letter Promoting Measure Q Tax Continuation

August 6, 2014 · 25 comments

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As we first reported, the Concord City Council approved placing the City of Concord Essential Services Measure, also known as the Measure Q Continuation Measure, on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot to protect and maintain local city services.

Measure Q was passed by voters in 2010, and added a half-cent sales tax on retail goods to help close the city’s $5M budget deficit, which it did, and now city leaders are asking the residents to extend the tax.

Click on the image above to read more from the City of Concord.

1 Antler August 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I am aware that previous debts supposedly are eventually to be paid off by Q. …. plus extension of Q. That makes sense because if we do not pay debts, the the interest really will swamp us.

But once again, City is threatening to remove future emergency services. Those future services have nothing to do with already-existing debt. And that sort of bullying is just WRONG!

2 Just say NO August 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Hey City Council.. NO! Cut your bloated wage and benefit packages. Then you’ll have plenty of money to spend. Stop asking for more of mine.

Speaking of bloated wages and life long benefit packages I am going to give applause to Ron Leone for his singing rendition of Copa Cabana last night at National Night Out. I hate to admit it in a public forum (even if anonymously) but I was impressed.

3 Wildcat August 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

People will never understand that once you vote in a “temporary tax” it really doesn’t become temporary, it becomes part of the budget.

4 what vital services? August 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yeah, right. I voted for Q the first time because it was supposed to used for street maintenance programs and continued city services. Since then, Concord streets have gone to pot (holes that is). Code enforcement was cut back, shopping carts are out of control, tweakers and drunks linger in the doorways of vacant buildings. Too bad for seniors and youth, but I am not going to vote for it again.

5 I should know August 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

#2, Just say No, don’t tell him that because then he’ll try and go milk some other city or company out of money. The guys crooked as a cane!

6 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Concord taxes the maximum amount approved by law.. Do you feel you are getting your money’s worth? Outside of the City Council’s favorite neighborhoods, the roads are awful, medians are ugly, the lighting is unsafe, and sidewalks are either non existent, or are trip hazards. But forget all that, because a new downtown project is underway!! Hurray to the Farmers Market for making the City Councils job easier to create an illusion of a happy/thriving city.

What is being done in North Concord, Clayton Treat, Clayton Bailey, and Solano/Grant to boost commerce and enhance property values? So many positive opportunities are being wasted because the city leadership focus is too small and self serving.

Take a look at city hall, the library, park n shop, BART area, East Street then CPD headquarters. Now who of that group got the shiny new building, has 5 vacant lots surrounding it, and receives 60% of your annual budget?

Q2 is not the solution. The City Council’s job is to foster an environment to create jobs, boost the value of our community, keep it safe, and make Concord a more desireable location for businesses to thrive. Bi-annual threats of reduction of safety services is a joke when the other hand is requesting raises for your staff. This city’s police force has 1/2-3/4 the job of OPD/SFPD, and should be paid accordingly!

BFF Out!

7 I smell Phony Statements August 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I would like to know EXACTLY what youth and senior programs it supported.
It’s very well-known that the City of Concord does not financially support any youth sports programs whatsoever! The City only supports adult leagues, for that reason alone is enough for me…NO!

8 Nick August 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

JUST SAY NO!!!!!

JUST VOTE NO!!!!!

9 Brian August 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Anytime politicians ask formore tax money the voter should vote no. Why? Because the money exists, it is there. The politicians don’t need more money; they need to learn to budget the money they do have better. If they can’t accomplish the job, they don’t deserve the job.

10 jj August 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

no

11 Random Task August 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

what elected officials lying ……no way ….elected officials threatening so they can keep their pockets lined ..no way ….voters will still follow their criminals to the grave ….ABSOLUTLEY ……demifornia is the laughing stock of the country and world actually ….with S.F. Lee and what ever that guys name is that got his name on the western span of bay bridge for not blowing whistle on the overpriced and now de-funked new span that will have to be retrofitted in 5 years or torn down all together and yet not one person fired or indicted……thank your chosen officials for letting cal-trans and other cronies for ripping off tax and toll payers …….you guys cry and moan and vote em in anyways ….sit with your choice and watch it burn ….gratz …you win …we all lose …….enjoy

12 Random Task August 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

why do you think those cronies are lining up for another seat at the council even if you do not vote em in they appoint themselves …..this states communist ways are the reason they want to break it up …the corruption and outright blatant disregard for any checks and or balances is ludicrous ….cal-trans uses its own people to govern their work .,..city councils use their power to gov your tax money how they see fit and not what you elected them for …..and yes the areas they are being payed to like get all the tax money and permits and loop holes they desire. sounds like a cushy job who do I have to have bribe me so I can get in on this. Come on stand up and shout who wants to put out the dough

13 Noj August 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

NO!
Taxed enough already…

14 Anonymous August 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I keep asking a simple question. How much have the taxpayers paid on this tax. City never says , but I heard that they collected a lot more then they needed.

15 Anon August 6, 2014 at 3:12 PM

“Measure Q tax revenue ($10.6 million)” for Financial year 2012-2013.

Of Which “$5.4 million of Measure Q tax revenue went to
maintain City services and the remaining $5.2 million went into the City’s reserve.”

http://www.ci.concord.ca.us/pdf/projects/fiscal/letter.pdf

16 Jojo Potato August 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Easy: NO

17 BagsFlyFree August 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

- How many of those city services got raises in the last 4 years?
– Who is in a position to provide a raise if you can’t even balance the budget without taxing your citizens the highest rate allowed in the state via this “emergency/one-time/temporary” tax?
– Why does my car feel the same bumps in the road as it did back in 2010?
– Why does CPD pay for so much overtime when proper planning could have officers using normal shifts to work events?
– Why are non patrol vehicles not hybrid or electric vehicles?
– How many solar installations are on any of Concord’s owned buildings?

No to Q2! Elect responsible City Council members that can stand up to POA, special interests, and actually try to implement some greeen policies.

BFF out!

18 SpiritDog August 6, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I can’t recall in all the years I’ve been a voter that the government gave back anything they took. JUST SAY NO!

19 Vindex August 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Let me get this straight…. They are using my tax dollars to write and mail this out saying they need more of my tax dollars because they are broke?
No way I’m voting for this

20 Mark August 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Two NO votes from our household.

21 RunDogRun August 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Simple: Vote “NO,” and if
it passes anyway, just don’t buy
anything in Concord.

22 ..... August 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM

No on Q!

Furthermore, that letter from Valerie Barone quoting herself is more than a little suspect.

23 concord liberal August 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

come on you bunch of cheapskates…spread the wealth.

24 Guap August 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

What do the city council member pull down for their activities? Do they get somesort of a pension?

25 JIm August 7, 2014 at 5:34 PM

and everyone said I was crazy when I said they’d extend it or try….and what happens if it passes again?….they need to cut the waste stop asking us to fund it…why is always “essentials” services…the city wastes plenty on old council medical and benefits that should never have been approved…tell ya what…let’s ask them to give back and see what they say

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