Vote for Tap Merrick
TAP MERRICK is running for Council Seat 3 in 2013
Dear Sunnyvale Neighbors,
As a 36 year resident of Birdland (southeast part of the City), I have nervously watched as our City Council has consistently overpaid City management and staff, failed to maintain buildings properly, approved un-affordable and irreversible pension obligations putting the City into further debt to CalPERS (around $260 to $300 million), consistently ignored the City’s General Plan by authorizing significant “exceptions” to developers, approving high density apartments that fail to pay for the educational needs of our children or desperately needed public safety officers and now is planning on selling off 18 acres of highly used city and park property to finance further pet building projects the City doesn’t need, hasn’t budgeted for and clearly cannot afford.
We need to stop this madness before it goes any farther and forces the City into financial issues. Crime is up and Sunnyvale has already cut public safety positions by 31 officers since 2010 when my opponent was elected and some 130 other City staff while the City’s population grows 1,000 people per year. Can we really afford more cuts like these?
With the cooperation of some of the existing council members and new ones on the horizon, we can and will make a difference. We will tackle and successfully resolve these serious issues before us. We will encourage cooperation with the City’s unions to protect their future pensions while bringing pay scales back into balance with other area cities’ pay, especially with new staff, and all the while avoiding greater financial difficulty. We will stop approving new buildings that exceed the City’s General Plan guidelines. We will look at ways to operate smarter rather than more expensively. We have to. As Santa Clara County’s 11th ranked per capita property tax base, the City can no longer afford to overpay “for the best of the best.” It is a foolish concept promoted by a former City Manager to promote her own self-worth and overly generous retirement package.
Thanks in advance for your ongoing support.
1091 Firth Court
Sunnyvale, CA 94087