We had an opportunity to keep tax dollars generated in South Mead Valley, Wagon Wheel, Good Hope, Meadowbrook, and Warm Springs, in those communities, and thanks to the support of the residents and property owners, we did it!
Working with the leaders in these areas who sit on the Perris Valley Municipal Advisory Council and after holding numerous meetings in all five communities over the past 15 months, we had a good idea of what the resident’s wants and needs are, as well as services they asked us to provide with their tax dollars.
We will begin redirecting those tax dollars in June 2011, for public safety facilities, public health services, road paving, flood prevention and draining improvements, parks, community centers, and housing rehabilitation programs. These improvements to the community won’t happen overnight, but we will do this the old fashioned way, by saving those tax dollars for use on these improvements over time. During this 15 month process we also heard from the community about what they did not want.
They love the rural lifestyle, peace, tranquility, and solitude that these communities offer their residents and we all agree that should be preserved. We won’t be adding street lights which residents are concerned might impact Mount Palomar Observatory. We will not have wholesale plans to add sidewalks, street lights, and traffic signals either. This process is ongoing and we will work with the residents and property owners over the weeks, months, and years ahead to determine what they want first and when we do it. Make no mistake, not everyone is going to be happy but you have my word to listen and make the decisions based on what you have to say and what is in the best interest of the people who live there. Keeping tax dollars generated in a local community is not a new concept.
My colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors have transformed our districts using local tax dollars in the communities that produced them. By using similar programs across the county we have added new services. These new facilities have included: fire stations, libraries, child care centers, senior centers and parks; repaired roads, and built new ones. We have also added youth activity centers, family resource centers, and even boxing clubs. Along the way we have installed new sewer lines, water lines, protected your drinking water, and improved access to medical care through health and dental clinics. These funds have been used to clean up our communities and illegal dumping sites and removed unsightly and unwanted graffiti.
Keeping tax dollars in the community in which they are generated is good public policy. So is seeking the advice of the people I have the honor and privilege to represent.
Supervisor Marion Ashley represents District 5. He is chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
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