Letter: Trusting city voters is a good thing
I am told that city officials will seek city voter approval this November for two tax increase measures for roads and development of a new recreation complex. Because these proposed tax increases are earmarked for specific purposes, California state law requires that voters must approve special taxes by a two-thirds margin. City officials will need to convince city voters that these increases are needed and that there will be sufficient funding to operate a new recreation center complex from project revenues.
City officials are wise to seek voter approval on these two tax measures and on important public policy matters. It is the inclusive, transparent and democratic thing to do. I agree as well that city roads are generally in poor condition and need a guaranteed source of revenue annually to make improvements.
Within this vein of transparency, inclusiveness and democratic values, I urge the city council to voluntarily place the issue of whether the Loop Road should be built on the ballot as soon as possible (June or November). Voters of the city can tell their elected and appointed leaders at the city/county level if they approve of it. Proponents of the Loop Road, undecided and opponents can all debate the issue and let local voters decide. City government has the final say on whether the road is built, as I told the city council in my March 11 letter. Voters of South Lake Tahoe can help locally elected officials by adding their opinion on the project into the decision-making process.
Government works best when locally elected and appointed officials trust voters to make important decisions that impact the city’s future. Trusting voters is a good thing to do, and it builds public trust of locally elected and appointed officials.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.