Renewing the half-percent sales tax increase is a great way to keep San Luis Obispo on the right track, with investment in open space, bike lanes, traffic mitigation, senior programs and public safety for our neighborhoods and downtown.
Keith Gurnee (Letters, Sept. 3) is way off target when he talks about $93 million “sitting in the bank.” Of the $93 million, $10 million is the emergency reserve fund — a best practice for which I am grateful — and the other $83 million is committed by law to specific capital projects and cannot be spent in the general fund. Major projects include the wastewater treatment plant, parking structure, Whale Rock Reservoir and the Los Osos Valley Road interchange, among others — big projects that need multiyear planning. Spending the earmarked $83 million on general fund purposes would be like spending your mortgage money on a vacation.
Independent audits have verified repeatedly that the current sales tax has been spent as promised and that Measure G will continue to provide essential services and capital upgrades for our city. Don’t be sidetracked by irrelevant numbers. The truth is that Measure G is essential to keeping SLO great.