Hercules Council Calls Special Meeting to Talk 'Revenue Generation'

The Hercules City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Last year, the Hercules City Council declared a fiscal emergency and voters subsequently approved both a sales tax increase and the sale of the city's municipal utility. 

Next week, the council will meet to discuss additional ways to make money.

The Hercules City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, with the main item being a discussion on "revenue generation ideas."

The council was scheduled to discuss the item at its meeting this week, but didn't get to the item until after 11 p.m. and opted to push it back to get more public input.

Consultant Catherine Lew spoke to possible ballot measures at last week's meeting, noting that if the council plans to try for another tax, it would have to act by March to get it on a June ballot.


Hercules City Council special meeting
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
City Council Chambers, 111 Civic Dr. 

Dwayne Hoover January 29, 2013 at 04:33 AM
More taxes for Hercules is just plain disgusting, no matter how you want to excuse it. This town has failed to create a sustainable future. More tax will only support more bad choices and eventually more taxes. The cycle of waste and poor planning will get us no where. And as long as the citizenry is willing to play along nothing will improve. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Dwayne Hoover January 29, 2013 at 04:42 AM
GC, Bad practice of county wide unions does not excuse the waste and poor choices made in Hercules. 21 assessments on the current property tax bill is enough. A 6% UUT tax when most cities have 0% is enough. A 9% sales tax, the highest in the State is enough. The highest development fees this side of Walnut Creek is enough. Selling the city of to LED sign advertising is Stupid. 4+1 accountants on the payroll is enough. Failed development plans leaving this city with a sea of apartments, under parked and under served is enough. Wasting time in City Council meetings discussing taxes and propping up an education committee to fight with the school board is a waste of time and money. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Giorgio C. January 29, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Phil, Half the time of every council meeting is spent listening to you expatiate on what is important to you. Show some manners, laddie, and let others have some time.
Dwayne Hoover January 29, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Giorgio, I will be done with the meetings soon enough. The city is on a path that will be finished soon enough and will be all the less for it. Until then I'll just keep trying. In the meantime if others will show up and take on the issues I'll willingly give them my time. But for the most part if I or a handful of others don't take up the issues it seems no one will. Glad to see you there speaking last week.
Giorgio C. February 09, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I was sorry to hear Hercules recently lost a citizen and current Planning Commissioner, Jose Bibal, who has been volunteering his time on the commission since 2007. I never met him, but I am grateful for his volunteering efforts and am sorry for his family's loss. http://www.civiccenterchapel.com/obituaries/Jose-Bibal2032122287/?wms_redirected=1#/Obituary


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