Measure Y proponents on the City Council have been quick to make gloomy prophecies about what will happen if Measure Y is defeated. But none of the Council’s self-described “numbers guys” have ever backed up these prophecies with real fiscal projections.
The City Council has never been given any projections by Staff or Mayor John Chiang that failure to pass measure Y will automatically lead to reductions in public safety services and specifically EMT services. In fact, Council has undertaken no planning in the event Measure Y does not pass. If the outcome will be so dire, shouldn’t a prudent, forward-looking elected body plan for such eventualities? It seems very reckless not to do so.
Councilman Garrett Keating in a recent online comment has suggested that “there is zero probability that public safety services would be cut.” The gloomy prophecies seem like electioneering and fear-mongering by the Measure Y’s proponents.
Piedmont’s unfunded $40M liability in pension and benefits for current employees present a greater risk of cuts to these services. Once again, the City Council has never been presented hard numbers, although Staff have implied that Piedmont faces some difficult choices over the next 8 to 10 years as these pension obligations come due.
Piedmont voters should demand real projections from City Hall before
backing a tax renewal. Until then, vote no on Measure Y.
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