The Encinitas City Council has begun one of our most important annual tasks, drafting the city’s annual budget.Shaffer:
Mayor Kristin Gaspar and I both voted against increasing taxes because we believe that, as with your budget at home, our city must live within its means and exercise fiscal restraints. Just like at home, there are always more wants than dollars available.
Mr. Muir wrote that he and Mayor Gaspar voted against increasing taxes. The truth is that there has not been a proposal to raise taxes since Mr. Muir was elected, and there has not been a vote on this question.As we have pointed out before, Shaffer is again dissembling the truth of what happened. True, there was not a vote specifically on the question of raising taxes. The vote was formally only to obtain cost estimates to run a sales tax poll. In reality, however, City Manager Gus Vina had already planned to hire propagandist Catherine Lew, who advertises her services not as an unbiased pollster but on her success in tax increase advocacy campaigns. Shaffer, Kranz, and Barth voted 3-2 to push forward with Gus Vina's sales tax increase scheme, and their plan was only foiled when both Muir and Gaspar were adamant that regardless of the propagandist's poll results, they would each refuse to be the fourth vote to put a tax increase on the ballot.