Mayor Garrad Marsh is squealing to raise taxes. We have President Barack Obama, Jerry Brown, and now Marsh all wanting to raise taxes in order to get the job done. That is not satisfactory. We could have elected an eighth-grade student to say we need to raise taxes.
Whatever happened to leading by example? The mayor and the City Council members can start by refusing their pay. We have assistant directors in all city departments; get rid of them to make room for a cop or a fireman.
The mayor wants to entice companies to come here. However, you need to figure out why the companies keep leaving. Right now, Modesto is not a good place to do business. Until you fix the problems, and a lot of them are self-created, Modesto will never improve.
First thing, the banks need to get off of the houses that they are sitting on, so they will bring in tax revenue. However, the banks think they can inflate the home prices like before. That's not going to happen again.
Mr. Mayor, you should give yourself a bit more time to find solutions before you start foolish talk of more tax.