With all the union-backed placards supporting Measure S popping up all over Brentwood, it’s time to look closely at the consequences that these and myriad other proposed new taxes will bring. It’s time for public employees to live within the taxpaying public’s means and for public sector pension reform instead of the current culture of more, more, more.
I salute the Brentwood Police Department’s new wage and pension agreement with the city and call on the East County fire district employees to do the same instead of crying wolf and trying to frighten citizens to believe the sky will fall if these outrageous new taxes aren’t approved. It’s time they trim the fat, reform pensions and tighten their belts just like everyone in the private sector has done these last few years.
The Brentwood City Council also needs to again look into removing our city from the East County fire district, as we have and will continue to pay a much larger share of the costs for the district than the other members and do not receive the same share of services proportionate to the percentage of costs we pay. Brentwood would have a much higher-quality fire department with the current costs if we would stop subsidizing the rest of the district.
I urge all voters in East County to vote no on Measure S, as well as all of the other new taxes that will undoubtedly be coming our way over the next year, because with these we have a say-so, unlike all the new taxes the state and federal governments will be saddling us with very soon!