Another town hall recap

Councilwoman Susan Eggman hosted City Hall’s third budget town hall gathering last night to discuss the city’s projected $34 million general fund deficit.

Turnout was decent. About 50 people showed up, which included maybe a couple dozen city employees, to the Stribley Community Center.

Not a lot new to be gathered from this meeting, except that the people who spoke up were concerned about just what services they’ll have left when all is said and done, particularly since the city already repairs fewer streets, trims few trees and responds to fewer crime reports. There were a lot of questions about a proposal to eliminate the city’s graffiti removal program.

“What are my taxes worth here now?” one woman asked.

One man recommended the city file for bankruptcy, not the first time this has come up. Eggman and Deputy City Manager Laurie Montes called that a drastic last resort that would not solve all of Stockton’s fiscal woes. Eggman said it would be “one more black eye” for the city, while Montes said bankruptcy can be “devastating to a community.”

“Go drive through Vallejo,” she said.

There are four town halls left. Click here for information on the next three. The time and location for the final presentation, with Mayor Ann Johnston, has not yet been announced.

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