Friday, September 19th, 2014

Promise Kept rulings on the Carlos-O-Meter

Cut property taxes

“I will cut the tax rate by eliminating the Alvarez tax increases. Our government is just too big and too expensive. Taxpayers want and deserve a government we can afford. We need to eliminate duplication, eliminate unfilled positions and focus on essential services.”

Take back raises

"We must take back the raises that Carlos Alvarez gave. With more than 70 percent of the County’s operating budget comprised of salaries and benefits, this budget can’t be balanced otherwise.”

Cut the mayor's salary and benefits

"I'm going to cut the salary and benefits of the mayor by 50 percent."

No layoffs for police; no closed fire stations

Gimenez "pledged to maintain services and not lay off police officers" or close fire stations.

Create term limits

"For years, I have tried to get before the voters a charter amendment for two 4-year terms. In addition to offering more choices for voters, term limits eliminate the advantages of incumbency, break ties to special interests, improve the tendency for elected officials to vote their conscience rather than engage in quid pro quo, and open the door to fresh thinking and new ideas. In short, term limits inhibit political careerism. One of my goals as county mayor would be to make sure an 'eight is enough' law is irrevocably put in place."

Post mayor's calendar on the Internet

"I would also post my calendar on the Internet. Everyone should be able to see who I am meeting with and what we are discussing."