By Paul Gilman
There has been a lot of talk recently about the possibility of another tax initiative to be placed on the ballot.
This newest ballot measure will compete with California state initiatives and the local Petaluma Friends of Recreation initiative.
There has been talk that this newest ballot initiative would be a sales tax increase to a quarter cent or half cent. There has also been talk regarding whether the tax should be specific in nature (requiring a two-thirds majority) or as a general tax needing one vote more than 50 percent. This was brought forward at a recent Petaluma City Council meeting.
The Police Officers Association of Petaluma did donate money to Petaluma Friends of Recreation. We believed that safely maintained parks and play areas for families and children is a significant step in providing for a safe community. We believe that the PFOR measure, with its clearly defined goals and oversight committee, will make sure that the community gets exactly what it was promised.
The Police Officer's Association of Petaluma would love to have more police officers to combat gang and drug issues.
As citizens, police officers, and parents, we would desperately like to see officers returned to our schools. We want the streets to be fixed. We want the street lights in our neighborhood to work.
After looking at the recent poll, we were not surprised that the citizens of Petaluma feel the same way. We also feel that the citizens of Petaluma should get exactly what they pay for. The quick turn around isn't the appropriate approach to this sales tax increase.
The Police Officers Association of Petaluma did donate to the recent telephone poll about the tax increase. We wanted to know what the citizens of Petaluma wanted.