He comes to you with a smile and his hands outreached asking for money. This time, he is asking for more taxes to fix the roads; next time, it will be for public safety or whatever they think you will approve.
According to The Bee, there is $12 million in reserves, for a rainy day. Well, it's raining and time to spend some of the reserves. If you look at the Turlock city budget you will see many overfunded departments that could easily be drained of excess funds if they wanted. Reminds me of the millions of dollars the State Department of Parks hid away from the public until there was an audit.
Use the reserve money you have to fix the roads and fill the public safety openings. Not fixing the roads and cutting back on public safety is a ploy to get us scared so we vote for more taxes when we already have enough money in reserves. No more taxes.