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LETTERS: Measure M is ‘penny wise and dollar strong’

By Tolya L. Thompson–
As a small business owner, I support Measure M on this November’s ballot. I have been in business in Citrus Heights for 16 years, and I know the value of economic growth and opportunity for our community. Voting YES on Measure M will allow the City of Citrus Heights to maintain the essential city services we all count on and support local economic development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our personal lives and our small businesses, resulting in a devastating economic emergency greater than any we have seen in our lifetimes. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community. They provide good-paying jobs and sales tax revenue that support public infrastructure and core municipal services.

Every business and resident in Citrus Heights will benefit from Measure M and the improved services and infrastructure it will fund.

Locally-controlled funds are more important than ever. Without local funds on the table, our city is not eligible to compete for most federal and state matching funds needed for road repair and other infrastructure improvements.

I have poured everything I have into my business and this community. As a resident and business owner, my support of Measure M is not lightly given. I will stay engaged with the city to ensure that that the new revenue is spent in the manner proposed and serves the community as a whole by keeping our tax dollars local.

If you support our small business community and want to see us make it through this economic crisis, please vote YES on Measure M.

MORE LETTERS:

Measure M is important
Measure M is very important. I will lose my place to live being on Social Security, I know people working who can’t afford it.
We need this. Even the Bay Area has it. The next thing you’re going to find is everyone moving out of state.
-Carol Toffey, Citrus Heights

Measure M will help preserve our quality of life
The City of Citrus Heights rightfully prides itself on prudent fiscal management and its ability to deliver quality public services that the community relies on. Locally-controlled funding is critical to maintain these services – especially during these uncertain times.

Measure M on this November’s ballot will help preserve Citrus Height’s quality of life, prevent property crimes, and maintain our roads. Every penny of will stay in Citrus Heights and will be used for essential city services and programs.

It will provide additional funding for law enforcement personnel to reduce property crimes and keep neighborhoods safe, ensuring that Citrus Heights remains a desirable place to live, work and raise a family.

The city will be able to expand services for our seniors who use the community center and our youth who receive meals, educational support and participate in summer programs at the Sayonara Center.

Measure M will be a critical source of local funding that will be protected by ironclad taxpayer safeguards, including an independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits which will ensure that our tax dollars are appropriately spent to improve our city
-Erika Smith, Citrus Heights

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