By: Diane Benjamin
The Agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting was posted at 4:39. The Pantagraph could at least pretend they read the agenda and then asked Tim Gleason for comments.
They didn’t. The Pantagraph posted a story at least 20 minutes before the City bother to fill in the public.
Obviously the Pantagraph colluded with City Manager Tim Gleason.
Increasing the gas tax is on the agenda. Gleason found 5 Council members who don’t want to use the reserves for streets. That would set a precedent of using the taxes you already pay for what you expect it to be used for. That can not be allowed! How long until you have to pay if you call the police or fire? Same principle.
FIVE council members want ONLY additional taxes used for essential services.
So why doesn’t the Pantagraph ever investigate government? Access! If they actually did the job of media they wouldn’t get it.
From now on, only the taxes raised in 2014, 2015, and 2019 will be used for roads, sidewalks, or whatever else they want to make fit into the constraints of the ordinance. They will be creative.