Monday Poll: How would you balance Alameda’s budget?
Last week, staffers showed Alameda’s City Council a budget forecast that has the city facing multi-million-dollar budget deficits over the next five years, and City Treasurer Kevin Kennedy said he thinks the city could go bankrupt if major changes aren’t made now. Mayor Marie Gilmore made a plea to residents to help city leaders decide where to look for more revenue – and where to cut costs.
So we’re asking: What do you think?
Should the council raise existing taxes or existing fees or put a new parcel tax on the ballot for public safety? Or should they cut salaries, lay off city staff, cut services? What do you consider core services: Library? Parks? Public safety?
Let us know by answering the questions in today’s poll. And feel free to expand on your answers in the comments section below.