In a document obtained by Halfway To Concord, it has come to light that Contra Costa Supervisors promised County firefighters a parcel tax in June 2011. The Fire Protection District Board meets Tuesday July 31 to vote on a proposed $75 parcel tax. However, the decision on that parcel tax may have been made a year ago according to the document that was sent to Vince Wells of IAFF Local 1230 Representative on July 28, 2011.
That letter which was signed by County Administrator David Twa reads: “On behalf of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, it is my understanding that the Board will make its best efforts to place a parcel tax proposal on the ballot prior to December 2012, relative to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District.”
The Fire Board which is comprised of the members of the Board of Supervisors has the ultimate power to place this tax on the November ballot. So without any public hearing or transparency (the letter was buried as Attachment F) from a board hearing over a year ago) the Supervisors eagerly sold out taxpayers by promising union officials clear sailing for its effort to place an egregious parcel tax before voters.
Since last year all we’ve heard from CoCo Supes like John Gioia, “Oh we are going to take a look at pensions and other budget costs,” when in fact the dirty deal was already dealt. What hooey.
Even if we use the phony pension numbers proposed by Chief Louder, pension costs are slated to rise even further, in addition to million dollar expenses looming for replacement of aging fire engines and costly building replacements and rehab. With the proposed budget AND the parcel tax revenues, the County Fire System will STILL be spending more than it will bring in by 2015-16 budget year.
Despite the feints and public pronouncement made by Supervisors over the past year, budgets and expenses, and pension reform were never really seriously considered as Supervisors and union leaders joined forces to make mince meat of taxpayers, with intimidation, cries of calamity if the parcel tax is not passed, and the full force of the County machinery invested in the passage of the tax.
SHAME ON SUPERVISORS: Gioia, Glover, Mitchoff, and Piepho who broke faith with the citizens they serve as they made their very BEST EFFORTS to purposely mislead voters for over the past year as they conspired with union officials to ignore budget shortfalls and rising costs with the sole purpose to stick it to Contra Costa taxpayers. RICO!!!!
See the letter below.