Re “Measure G is just a blank check for city hall” (Page 1B, Oct. 14): I found the article short on facts and tall on tales. The writers touted the usual “I support a special tax but not a general tax” nonsense. No matter which type of tax you pass, cities can move money around in elaborate shell games. Arguing over which type of tax is better is pointless.
Finally, the writers lament that city pension costs will double from $7 million in 2014 to $14 million in 2015. I wonder how that’s possible when the city’s own 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Statement, available online to anyone with an Internet connection, reported total CalPERs pension costs were $14.95 million. Correct me if I’m wrong, but according to the writer, there will be a nearly $1 million decrease in 2015? Isn’t that good news? Twenty years ago, in 1994, CalPERs total pension costs were $7.4 million. Sensationalizing pension costs to kill support for Measure G is politics at its worst. If you are going to vote no, get the facts first.
Chuck Rivera, Modesto