Marijke Rowland

May 10, 2013

TURLOCK NOW: Second community forum gets light response

The second of four community forums on a possible road tax and other city issues gets lightly attended.

Attendance was light at the second Turlock City Council Community Forum last Thursday to discuss a possible road tax and other issues.

About a dozen people attended the event at Westside Ministries, similar to the number of people at the first event. Public comment ranged more broadly, touching on police and fire issues as well as ways to raise the additional $8 million needed each year to maintain the city’s roads.

A possible half cent sales tax or parcel tax on property lots have been bandied about as ways to fill the gap.

City council members and citizens alike practically begged for more people to weigh in on the issue, which Turlock Mayor John Lazar has made one of his priorities this year.

Longtime Turlock resident and Realtor Bob Endsley attended with his wife, Jeanne.

“My question would be how could this type of meeting be done with many more people here to listen to it,” he asked. “Just hearing what all the staff has said and explaining the functions and knowing the quality of city council needs to get out to much more of our public. We need to have the people here in community to come.”

Two more forums are left. They will be at 6 p.m. May 30 at the Senior Citizens Center and 7 p.m. June 13 at Pitman High School.

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