It’s apparent that the chairman of Atwater’s Measure H oversight committee is concerned with long-term job security because when Measure H expires, his commission ceases to exist. Though the tax doesn’t expire for another six years, he and the mayor are pushing hard to ram through a long-term extension.
Atwater, like most California cities, spends 65 to 75 percent of its general fund money on public safety, and rightfully so. The No. 1 responsibility of government is public safety. However, Measure H was never intended to shoulder all public safety expenses. It should be an insult to the citizens to ask them to tax themselves unnecessarily for 30 years. Hopefully, the council members possessing common sense will put an end to this nonsense.
Theron Sanders Sr., Atwater