I am writing to ask you to be keenly
aware of an effort underway that is not in the collective
interests of the people of Richmond!
If you are approached by someone asking
you to sign a petition to lower your utility users tax,
I urge you to stop and think.
Chevron is paying to try and put this
measure on the ballot (See West County Times 4/2/10).
If passed, the utility users tax would be cut in half,
from 10% to 5%, and Richmond would lose at least $8 million
per year in revenue, and likely more, resulting in lost
services: Senior Centers-- Library – Police – Fire –
Recreation – Street Repair.
I see this as a mean-spirited gesture
aimed at hurting Richmond during a time when the City
is already facing budget shortfalls from the global recession
and foreclosure crisis, resulting in layoffs and cuts
in much needed services. Chevron's measure would only
make things worse for our residents.
While the average household might save
about $3 per month, this measure could save Chevron millions
of dollars per year, in spite of paid signature gatherers'
false claims that it would guarantee $20 million in annual
payments from Chevron. If you read the measure http://www.tombutt.com/pdf/ChevronUUT.pdf ,
it states that any utility user would have the option
of paying $20 million per year if they wish to protect
confidential proprietary information. This is a loophole
that could be used by Chevron to pay substantially less.
If there aren’t enough signatures to
put this measure on the ballot, your utility users tax
of a few dollars per month will remain the same with
no change, and valuable City services for residents will
Do you want Chevron to destroy Richmond
services to preserve their own perks and profits?
If not, then DON'T SIGN THE PETITION!
Beware of Chevron masquerading as a
friend of the people.
For more information and a flyer, see http://www.richmondprogressivealliance.net/#ChevronTrick
Thank you so much for continuing to
support a healthy, transparent, and better Richmond for