I suspect that without all the hand-wringing by the supporters of Measure C, that Ms. (Elizabeth) Cable will be able to find some way of allowing Measure C, a tax measure, to pass with only 54 percent of the vote, in spite of the fact that a surprising number of local voters saw through the largely emotional rationale for the continuation of the financial train wreck known to be at the harbor. I just wished that harbor Commissioner Brian Stone would understand that it was not simply the idea that 40 percent of the vote against Measure C was simply a vote against “any kind of tax.”
I am quite sure that at least some voters had read the voter guide, where the harbor was $498,000 in the red per year for their operating costs or was it $348,000 per year as stated later in the Triplicate? I wasn’t quite sure which figure was meant to mislead voters the most.
In any event, simple math should acquaint most people with the uncomfortable realization that even with the lifetime welfare of Measure C, the harbor would still be operating in the red. Additionally, no one has even factored in the possibility of an even more devastating tsunami in a harbor, while claimed to be hardened, is hardly the case.
Unfortunately, if the larger figure is correct, it will only give the current commission long enough to be out of office for the next generation to face inevitable bankruptcy in short order. The smaller figure will at most stretch out the agony for a few more years. It, at least for me, is not about blindly voting against any tax, but against those that do not solve problems and are detrimental to the economic health of the place where I live.