I understand that the debate on Measure S is an emotional one and a lot is at stake for East County, however, Kris Hunt who is President of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association made a statement towards Vince Wells that is inappropriate.
This is a copy and paste from the Oakley Watchdog on Facebook:
Kris Hunt: In regards to Measure S, I have used the term scare tactic because the Fire Board offered a tax that doubles the district’s revenue overnight and funds a 30% staffing increase. The poll done by the Board indicated that voters would only likely support a tax of $96. Instead they put forth a tax that starts at double that and grows to be $250. Then they say VOTE FOR THIS OR Else WE CLOSE THE STATIONS!
There could have been a more modest plan that residents would have supported and could have met the District’s needs but not the massive expansion.
Vince Wells’ argument is like the definition of the Yiddish word “Chutzpah” where a man kills his father and then asks the judge for mercy because he is now an orphan.
First of all, no poll ever said that voters would support a $96 tax plan–it came in at 58-60% which is clearly no where near the 66% required. Common sense shows that poll equates to a losing Measure. Second of all, its a reality that stations will close due to a reduction in property tax revenue, so Mr. Wells is not lying.
Mr. Wells, President, Local 1230 Contra Costa Professional Firefighters has continued to take the high road during this process, even at times encouraging me to tone it down. But Ms. Hunt’s statement clearly uses an inappropriate example and some could take it as a derogatory statement. Clearly, its inappropriate!
We can disagree all we want–that is fine and our right, but to take cheap shots like she is now taking shows this phony Contra Costa Taxpayer Association is getting desperate.
I’d urge Ms. Hunt to personally apologize to Mr. Wells or to step down immediately from the Association.