It is becoming increasing clear that Cal Poly’s President Jeffrey Armstrong and his staff haven’t the faintest idea of how California cities and counties support themselves financially.
Proposition 13 passed in 1978 revolutionized support of local governments, removing majority support from property taxes and forcing revenues to be garnered primarily from sales and bed taxes.
Armstrong claims to be “very bullish” about the pursuit of a new hotel and conference center on campus, obviously without understanding the very delicate agreement that was reached involving the university, the city and its supporting hotel-restaurant businesses when the Performing Arts Center was built on the Cal Poly campus. As a part of that agreement, San Luis Obispo continues to support the PAC with an annual stipend approximating a quarter of a million dollars.
In that Armstrong’s proposal will obviously have a significant negative impact on the generation of bed tax revenues for the city, I propose the city immediately halt its annual payment to Cal Poly’s PAC and divert those revenues in support of the city’s own visual and performing arts organizations.