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IS MEASURE A ILLEGAL AS WRITTEN?

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The City of Riverside has described that this General Fund Transfer from the Water Fund was voted on in the years of 1908, 1968 and 1977.  This all true, we make no bones about it, but one of the discrepencies the City fails to make public, is when Proposition 218 was voted on by the taxpayer in 1996 by an overwhelming 84% of Californian’s, this made the transfer illegal, even for charter cities such as Riverside.  So when our Mayor Rusty Bailey states that Proposition 218 doesn’t affect charter cities, he is not being correctly informed, or he has not read the document.  Proposition 218 described that a new General Fund Transfer (GTF) from the Water Fund must be brought to a vote to the people.  That was never done, until the Moreno’s challenged the city by filing the law suit.  Further, if this GTF is approved by the people, as in the current Measure A.  If passed, according to Proposition 218, cannot be used for City Services, but must solely be used for Water related purposes with precision accounting of the monies.  Specifically, page 50, Propostion 218 states very clearly.  But the City and others, such as the Raincross Group, a highly intellectual and distinguished group, continue to encourage residents to vote on an illegal measure.  I would imagine Tom Evans, a former City of Riverside Public Utilities Director,  would be well versed in Propostion 218.  This shocks me, but at the same time it doesn’t, especially when the city has been taking monies illegally since 1996, and with premeditaion.

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PAGE 50 OF PROPOSITION 218, CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

The last 16 years since the approval of Proposition 218, the City of Riverside has continued to transfer tax payer monies illegal to the General Fund.  The city claims that city services will be effected by the loss of these funds.  Granted, for the sake of argument, when city officials are asked how much of the GTF is budgeted for a particular department, no answer exist.  When asked for documents of the accounting of how these funds are used for specific city services, there are no document responsive to our request.  Granted, the City claims many services will be effected as Fire, Police, Crossing Guards, Tree Trimming, Libraries, Storm Drains, Gang Control, Disabled Services, Senior Services, Streetsweepin, 311 Calls, Landscaping, 911 Dispatch Personal and on and on. Yes according to the city it appears it’s beginning to cover all city services, though the GTF is only 2.8% of the budget.  Again for the sake of argument and fairness, the City was asked how much these Water Fund monies were budgeted for the specific services?? None exist, there were no documents responsive to our request.  When one looks at specifically page 71 of Proposition 218, it states that “ a transfer from an utility account (Water Fund) into an agencies General Fund must be accounted for with ‘precision’ and must be based upon an identifiable financial transaction.”

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CLICK ON PAGE 71 OF PROPOSITION 218, CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

The way the city has perpretrated this is simply wrong.  If the city needs more for Police and Fire, show us the budget, then raise our Property Taxes.  In addition, Proposition 172 passed by the Citizens of the State of California gave ½ cent of the sales tax to cities to pay for city services.  The Utility User’s Tax (UUT) on your utility bill is 6.5%, which goes to city services.  You were therefore paying 18% in taxes when you combine the 11.5% and 6.5% for the last 16years without a vote.  In a City Council meeting last March 2013, Chief of Police Sergio Diaz gave his report regarding the status of the Police Strategic Plan.  In his speech he maintained that the Police Account was sound, and that we could hire more police if necessary.  Would also maintain that Fire Account is the same at a $40 million yearly budget, afterall, we just bought a new fire truck this year.  But on the same token we did place about 10 of our fire departments as colateral to back some loans the City took out for some projects.  Regardless, the City maintains we have $400 million in pooled cash and investments, with additional $40 million in reserves.
For more information on this June 4th, 2013 Measure A, contact us noonmeasureariverside@hotmail.com

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GOVERNMENT SHOULD LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS, AFTERALL, WE THE TAXPAYER HAVE TO..


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