The firefighters’ union put together a list of 10 wasteful things the city has done wrong
Stockton, like every U.S. city is facing definite financial troubles. No one questions that. However, reckless decisions made by this Mayor and City Council (as well as previous city leaders) have cost you, the taxpayer, tens of millions.
In case youve ever wondered where your tax dollars have gone, weve put together a list of government boondoggles, crippling litigation losses and eyebrow raising political deals. Understand that this a partial list. Were confident theres more.
1. City Council spent $48 Million to purchase a new City Hall building for itself. Thats just the purchase price and the cost to pay Wall Street to BORROW the money necessary for the new governmental palace. The total cost of the building after all the interest is calculated? We dont know and the City Council never asked.
City Hall Report & Bond Documents
2. $33 Million settlement with Howard Jarivs Taxpayers Association due to the City illegally using Water Utility fees to fund the construction of the Stockton Events Center.
City Repayment Schedule
Stockton Record Article
3. $22 million sunk into money losing Downtown Marina and has racked up $700,000 in annual operating cost losses. During the height of a City budget crisis, the Stockton City Council sunk $22 million into building a new downtown marina and then due to underestimating the costs, needed to add another $2.3 million to the bill. City bureaucrats estimated that the marina would lose $100,000 a year. The actual figure has balloned to $700,000 in losses a year.
Rising tide of red ink | Recordnet.com
Dry Dock Expenditure
4. Paid $1.25 million over the independent appraisal value for a piece of property owned by a former councilmember. The site was supposed to be used for a new fire station, which even the Stockton Fire Department stated it didnt want. The Stockton Records Editorial Board urged the Council to reject the deal, stating, the city shouldnt be dopey. It should pay no more than the appraised value. Unfortunately, Dopey won at that Council meeting. The Council this year scrapped plans for the fire station, meaning that $2.75 million taxpayer funds have been wasted. You can view the property here.
Stockton ponders $2.75M land deal highlighted
Council slashes program funding | Recordnet.com
5. $4 million legal settlement because the City failed to maintain our sewer system, causing too many sewage spills and violating the Federal Clean Water Act.
Cal Tax Article
Stockton to Pay $4 Million in Sewer Spill Settlement
California Sportfishing Protection Alliance Settlement
6. $7 million loss at entertainment venues (Stockton Arena, Stockton Ballpark, Bob Hope Theater, etc.) subsidized by the City General Fundwhich pays for firefighters and police officers
Stockton Venue continue a troubling trading for taxpayers | Recordnet.com
7. $25,000 to clean up elephant dung at the Stockton Arena.Wed write more, but why?
Cal Tax Article8. $205,000 settlement for Citys failure to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements within the city. Note that in addition to the settlement, money needed to be spent to bring facilities into compliance. We do not have that total
ADA Settlement Agreement
9. $200,000 settlement with the Building Industry Association of the Delta due to City improperly using development fees to pay for General Fund services.
BIA Settlements article
10. $400,000 settlement with the San Joaquin Hotel & Motel Property Owners Association for devaluing property prior to the City attempting to purchase them.
There used to be a time when bad news from the Golden State made me a little sad inside, since I grew up there. Now I just laugh at their expense. They can’t go to hell fast enough.
No Problem....I heard Gov. Moonbeam has the solution....
and as the job creators bolt for the border, he will sit and blame anyone else, but himself...
ADA Settlement Agreement
Some enterprising reporter should dig into how much money this Act costs taxpayers and how much red tape it entangles small business owners with. I saw some figures from another state, and was staggered by how many complaints are filed, and the amounts of the settlements.
All these Republican controlled cities going bankrupt. Clearly it is Bush’s fault.
No wait, all the cities going bankrupt are longtime Democrat strongholds. Clearly it is somehow still Bush’s fault.