budget

How much is in Lincoln’s reserves?

Lincoln’s city manager and assistant city manager/chief financial officer do not know how much the city has in reserves. The News Messenger asked City Manager Jim Estep how much ...

Council address bad behavior

The manner in which rowdy or disrespectful audience members are handled during City Council meetings could change. Decorum at council meetings, a proposed policy for council member ...

Hooray, it’s almost Nov. 2!

As Election Day approaches and we all give a collective sigh of relief, a few items: A friend who was a city councilman for eight years in a Bay Area city wrote to our council Au ...

To anyone that is interested in the middle class

I feel that the officers of this small town are being overpaid. You hired a new City Manager, he hired an assistant (didn’t we hire him to do a job?)evidently he couldn’t mee ...

We need City Council to work harder for fixing the budget We need City Council to work harder for fixing the budget

This is in response to the $54,000 spent by the City Council on a glossy Measure K mailer to convince us taxpayers that we need to tax ourselves 3.75 percent on our utilities becau ...

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. ...