I am appalled, but sadly not surprised. John Pietig and his merry band at City Hall want to raise our taxes and they have constructed a survey that is so biased that of course it will prove we want our taxes raised. I worked in market research and I know how you can create a survey to prove that the earth is flat. This is exactly what they have done.
The survey was supposedly sent to 6,000 email addresses from registered voters. Think about this. How many old time residents gave their email addresses when they registered to vote, say 30 years ago when they moved here? Right – so this is clearly skewed towards new and younger residents. Oh, they say they will compensate for this by calling a portion of residents. This can’t be verified because City Hall is refusing to answer any questions about the survey.
They are looking for 400 responses; that’s enough to get a representative cross section of Laguna? The survey itself is biased and difficult to follow. If you agree that we should raise the bed tax but not the sales tax, it’s impossible to separate out the two. They have lumped them together when asking how we should fund x project or y project. The survey covers way too many topics such as “Do you think City Council is doing a good job”. It also guides you to believe that the only way to solve the “problems” in Laguna is to raise taxes or float a bond. Oh wait, that’s the real goal of this survey. Float that bond.
But my favorite part of the survey is how we get rid of this tax. The answer is we don’t. It would have to be a vote of the electorate. Meaning that this is a permanent tax until someone puts it on the ballot, according to the fine print in this survey.
City Council disregard this extremely flawed and biased survey that set out to raise taxes no matter what. Remember what FM3 has stated on their website as what they do: help governments pass “a funding increment ballot measure and then, if that measure is to be placed on the ballot, to help shape the communications for winning the necessary approval of voters.” This is the agenda folks.
Michele Monda, Laguna Beach
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