budget

Public safety and education shouldn’t be first items cut

Why is it that politicians continually add new programs, new systems, new offices, new bureaucracies, all staffed and housed, yet when a budget crisis comes, we are told that the ...

Don’t blame dog park for city’s budget troubles

Regarding the letter to the editor from Shane Miller about the dog park (News Messenger, July 15, Page A5, “Tax those who want a dog park”): That’s right, the city’s finan ...

School district sends out expensive newsletters

Last week, every household in the Western Placer Unified School District received an expensive, four-page, full-color newsletter. With all the talk of budget cuts in Sacramento, ...

Lincoln’s City Council needs to protect residents

You see it on television and read it in the papers. People are very disturbed because local governments nationwide are reducing police and fire personnel because tax revenues have ...

Voters need to pass utility users’ tax

A letter in the June 24th edition (page A6, “No on bond measure, utility tax”) bemoaned the fact that there had been no Social Security cost-of-living allowance (COLA) in 2010. ...

How council candidates would save the budget

The News Messenger asked prospective City Council members if they would have balanced the budget differently, and what the city should do if the proposed utility users’ tax (UTT) ...

School bond to be on ballot

Concern for the education of children makes footing the bill for a $163 million bond measure for school improvements and modernizations is worth it to some residents asked by The N ...

City could reduce 23.5 positions

Lincoln’s City Council unanimously passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 on Tuesday night.That includes a possibility of 23.5-plus job layoffs. More than 100 reside ...

Utility users tax going to the voters

Due to a City Council decision Tuesday night, Lincoln voters will be given the chance in November to decide whether they want to increase their taxes. Council members voted unanim ...

School board to decide on bond measure

The school board will decide Tuesday whether to move forward with a $163 million general- obligation bond measure. The bond measure would be placed on November’s ballot and, if a ...

Don’t forget the Carnegie Library during budget considerations

Thank you for voting to keep the Twelve Bridges Library and the McBean pool open for our community. I hope we will also be able to keep the Carnegie Library open and our wonderfu ...

Out of options: the case for a sustainable revenue source

I was pleased to see Stan Nader say in last week’s guest column (April 1, News Messenger, page A5) that he would support a utility users’ tax if it came down to the tax or layi ...

Lincoln Hills residents ask budget questions

One-hundred Lincoln Hills residents sat quietly in the Orchard Creek Ballroom Monday, ready to take in information presented about the city’s current budget situation. The presen ...

Lincoln Tea Party Patriots raise budget questions

City employees were projected to receive $3.9 million in benefits for this fiscal year, which makes up 56.9 percent of the city’s salary expenses, and the city of Lincoln’s Gen ...

Fire fighters pay cuts differ from police officers'

The News Messenger found out Friday that firefighters did not take the same cuts although Lincoln’s city manager last year said that all city employees took a five-percent reduct ...