(Crossposted from Orange County Progressive where we’re getting pretty damned tired of the Republican’s lies.)
Already facing dramatic budget cuts from drops in sales tax, hotel tax, and property tax, local cities will need to cut public safety – cops on the street. It’s the lion’s share of their budget, and they’ll need to cut into law enforcement to cover Republican plans to raid local government revenues.
Orange County cities will lose the equivalent of 600 cops on the street for one year, not counting money that will be lost by county sheriffs.
After voters rejected one more round of fiscal chicanery, we’ll finally be paying for the effects of the Governator’s decision to cut the car tax, and the Republican elimination of the California estate tax.
Other than prisons, the payment for these irresponsible tax cuts is the only area of the budget that has shown real growth in the last decade.
Paying for these tax cuts and the profligate borrowing to support them now costs California over $7,000,000,000 (That’s seven billion) a year. Rather than admit mistakes, California’s worst governor ever is now preparing to “borrow” 2 billion from local government.
And Republican legislators are still peddling the same stale lies that Arnold sold about billions of savings a year from waste and fraud. They’ll find that about the same time OJ finds the real killer.
Below the flip, is the city by city breakdown of the Republican raid on local government. A city will save around a $110,000 a year for each patrol officer they cut. Cities have strict limitations on how they raise and spend funds. They can’t pay for law enforcement with higher water rates or building fees, and they have already made deep cuts to everything except public safety.
And as you wait for that emergency response that doesn’t come when you call 911, ask yourself why California isn’t taxing oil companies the same way Texas and Alaska do, or why we don’t have a state estate tax that is fully deductible against Federal estate taxes, like Ohio and New York.
And hey, you’ve got a little extra time to really celebrate that cut in the car tax that John and Ken demanded.
Estimates of cost of 8% raid on local law enforcement budgets, by City.
Aliso Viejo 554,818
Buena Park 1,554,929
Costa Mesa 3,323,548
Dana Point 826,114
Fountain Vly 1,243,587
Garden Grove 2,472,808
Huntgton Bch 5,138,564
Laguna Beach 2,144,012
Laguna Hills 843,608
Laguna Niguel 1,651,854
Laguna Woods 169,090
La Habra 1,256,796
Lake Forest 1,370,493
La Palma 328,096
Los Alamitos 286,361
Mission Viejo 2,551,393
Newport Bch 6,085,147
San Clemente 2,176,959
San Juan Cap 873,525
Santa Ana 5,710,116
Seal Beach 710,782
Villa Park 158,447
Yorba Linda 1,571,299
Total (not including County cuts) $66,789,468