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Letter: Issues with Millbrae budget
June 10, 2014, 05:00 AM Letter


I believe the residents of Millbrae have been played a “wag the dog” by Tai Wu and are forgetting other important issues in our town.

On May 31, the Millbrae City Council discussed the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2013-14. Information is readily available on the city of Millbrae website. Highlights include the General Fund balance dropping $5.5 million and other funds dropping $7.5 million. In other words, the city will have expenditures of $13 million greater than the revenue we take in.

The budget also shows a drop in sales tax revenue for the city. How can this be possible with a thriving business such as Tai Wu bringing in the traffic and parking problems, but allegedly filling the City Hall coffers as certain individuals would have you believe.

The reality for the city of Millbrae is grim — despite ballooning costs every year the city has employed the services of Steven Tolbert who was earning according to 2012 information a salary of $173,469.45 in Foster City as assistant city manager. How much is the city of Millbrae paying for his additional services, among other questionable expenses detailed in the preliminary budget?

The city of Millbrae has a crippling spending problem stemming back for years as I’ve noted many times publicly.

Your city government views the residents of Millbrae taxpayer as nothing more than walking ATMs without as much as a care about your quality of life or opinion.

Doug Radtke




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