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Budget surplus, new utility tax don't mix

Original post made by Renee Batti, associate editor of The Almanac, on Jan 23, 2007

The following letter by Heather Nelson was published in the Almanac's Jan. 24 issue:

Editor:
What is going on here? I don't understand how Menlo Park can have a year of concern over a large budget deficit, pushing worried citizens to vote for a utility tax out of fear our basic services will be cut, and then be told oh, no, sorry, that's wrong, we actually have a budget surplus of $3.7million!
I know nothing about how to run a city, but I can't imagine how this huge discrepancy could happen. And now we are paying more taxes for a problem that wasn't really there.
I'd like to know how the City Council plans to deal with this issue.
Heather Nelson
Lorelei Lane, Menlo Park


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