Finally had a chance to see last week’s City Council meeting. Wow, what a meeting! Long discussion about the ICE contract and city jobs that may be lost and bunch of other stuff. Unfortunately, Councilmembers Sal Tinajero, Vincente Sarmiento and David Benavides did not vote for continuing the ICE contract as Councilman Jose Solorio wanted.
So that means that the city will have $8-$9 million dollars less for the general fund every year now and could lose 20 to 30 part time and full time city jobs at the jail.
One big shocker was that Councilman Tinajero recommended a big sales tax increase on local businesses and residents to help make up for the general fund losses. Over $20 million a year in new sales taxes on local shoppers. What a loser that would be!!! That would punish local people and hurts poor people the most. Don’t push your problem onto local residents, cut the budget or fix problems on your own!!!
Can’t wait until Councilmembers Sal Tinajero, Vincente Sarmiento and David Benavides are termed out. 2018 can’t come quick enough!