John’s first 6-1 vote (John being the 1) was on the resolution to put Prop 1 (Property Tax Levy Lid Lift) on the ballot.
John voted against this measure because the City had held a community forum on the issue and the citizens had spoken with a singular voice as never before:
- They wanted to compare budgets side-by-side to see what would be added if they increased the tax, and what would be cut if they didn’t.
- They also firmly said that they wanted to consider Prop 1 for the November ballot, not during the primary in August when many would be away on vacation.
City leadership at the time completely ignored these citizen requests, so John voted with the Citizens.