Workshops seek input from Elk Grove citizens on how to spend Measure E's millions

The City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District will hold four weekly worships to seek input from Elk Grove residents on how proceeds from Measure E should be spent. Approved by voters in November, Measure E increases sales taxes in Elk Grove by one percent.

The workshops start on Tuesday, February 7, and will be followed for the next three weeks. The topics to be covered include public safety, economic development, homelessness, and park and facilities maintenance.

The session will start on each of the four Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and will be held at the District56 facility. More information about the workshops is available on the city's website. 

Measure E tax increase is forecast to increase consumer costs by $23 million annually and will increase over time with inflation. 
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Eye on Elk Grove said...

Since incorporation, the city has had too many "workshops" and spent tens of thousands dollars on feasibility studies all asking residents what they would like. But the comments always fall on deaf ears.

Many times over the answers have been ignored, especially the last few years, when the answers have always the same from many of us: Streetscape enhancements add value to a city and are associated with the attraction of new businesses.

Use some of money to fix our city's potholes and maintain our streets. Not sexy, but it is a fact that better streets attract more people and more activity, thus strengthening both communities, the businesses that serve the city's residents and the city's economy as a whole.

Not rocket science folks, but the message can’t seem to rise up to the dais!

Renegade said...

It seems this oversight committee's duties are retrospective and not proactive. They are to respond to how the city allocated the $$ (after the $$ has been spent) instead of how it should allocate the $$ baased on the citizens input and staff recommendations. At that point it's too late to have any effect on the spending.
In addition the committee is chosen by the mayor?
For a term she deems useful?
How can that possibly be interpreted as "independent?"
The only perception the public can make is the committee will be biased with undue influence from the mayor.
What's the point of having the oversight committee if they can't vote on recommendations for the spending, and be chosen by an independent entity to insure integrity and lack of undue influence?

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