CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2008 |
The city filed for bankruptcy protection Friday after administrators were unable to sufficiently trim a nearly $17-million shortfall. The Bay Area city, with a population of about 120,000, had been bracing for the possibility since February as tax revenues fell and employee costs remained high. Eighty percent of the city's budget goes to police and firefighters, far above the norm for most California cities. "I had hoped that even at the 11th hour and 59th minute we could come up with an alternative," Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis said.
June 13, 1985
The City Council will consider approval of a $15.2-million budget for fiscal 1985-86 on June 27. As proposed, the budget represents a 9% increase from the current $13.8-million budget and allows for a $500,000 increase in reserves, now at $2.5 million. During the past year, sales tax revenues increased by 16%, to $10.5 million, adding $1.5 million to reserves. Included in the budget increase is a 4.
May 3, 2012 |
Are Americans taxed too much or too little? The answer depends on your frame of reference. The Tax Foundation released a report Thursday declaring that Americans will cumulatively pay more in federal, state and local taxes this year than they spend on food, clothing and shelter. That's not exactly new news. Total tax payments exceeded total spending on food, clothing and housing in all but one year from 1987 until the latest downturn. So if the foundation's projection for 2012 holds true, it merely will be the resumption of a trend after a three-year recession-fueled lapse.
June 22, 2012
Four years ago Los Angeles County voters approved Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase whose proceeds pay for improvements to public transit and highways. The tax, which sunsets in 2039, has already resulted in about a dozen projects completed or under construction, including the second phase of the Expo Line light-rail link that will bring trains deep into the congested Westside for the first time since the death of the old Red Car network. But many local transit leaders don't think the work is happening fast enough.
October 3, 1985 |
Eight developers paraded their dreams in front of the City Council this week, each with the hope of becoming surgeon for the face lift of a blighted area. City officials are perusing the proposals for redevelopment of a 20-acre site along the San Diego Freeway at Rosecrans Boulevard that they hope will bring the city added revenue and become a landmark in the South Bay. The council on Monday voted 4 to 0 to hire a consulting firm to evaluate the proposals.
October 13, 1995 |
Beginning in January, state law will allocate tax revenues generated by automobile leases to the municipalities where each deal is cut. Gov. Pete Wilson this week signed a bill changing existing rules so that the tax revenue from a leased automobile no longer will be divided by municipalities throughout the county where the person leasing a car lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1992 |
More than $1 million in property tax revenues is expected to be withheld from the Orange County Sanitation Districts during the next three years because of overpayments to them by the Santa Ana Redevelopment Agency, officials said Tuesday. The Redevelopment Commission voted Tuesday to recover tax revenues it lost because of miscalculations during the past four years. The commission's recommendation will go to the City Council, in its capacity as the Redevelopment Agency, for a vote in two weeks.
July 25, 2011 |
As Republicans and Democrats continue trying to hammer out the details of rival plans to avert a debt crisis, President Obama on Monday called for a proposal that will raise more revenue from the wealthy - a provision that has vexed his talks with the House speaker. Yet in a speech Monday afternoon to the nation's largest Latino interest group, Obama made the case that attacking federal debt and deficit simply by cutting government spending won't spread the burden fairly. Some of the cuts under discussion would require seniors to pay more for their healthcare and diminish temporary assistance and job training for displaced workers.