For the first time in the history of this town taxes will actually go down. This has never happened before in the City of Sierra Madre.
This took two elections and the hard work of a lot of people to make happen. It is also not over. The cash greedy city government agency here still has not given up. It looks like City Hall will now try go to the ballot box for an unprecedented third time to undo all of that heavy lifting. Unhappy, self-interested and eternal killjoys that they are.
Certainly there is no rage quite like that of a city government deprived of your tax money.
But no matter, history has already been made. That cannot be taken away. Tomorrow utility taxes go from being amongst the very highest in the State of California at 10%, and fall to 8%. And fairly soon after that they will fall again to 6%. All because the people demanded it.
Expect to hear a lot of wailing and the gnashing of teeth. That tiny yellow fellow, Chicken Little, will be dancing up a storm. Again.
Maybe we should call it Tax Day. Because no standing tax in Sierra Madre has ever gone down before. Never. Think about just how rare and unlikely this was.
Heck, taxes hardly ever go down anywhere. But they will here. On July, 1st, 2015. And you are the responsible party. And while they try real hard to never show anything, they are hopping mad at you for doing this. They're taking it personally. You would not believe.
So how did this happen? It took two election victories to defeat what were utility tax hikes here. Once in 2012, and again in 2014. Here are the results. First 2012:
No matter what the future may hold, and no matter how much frankly untrue garbage City Hall may throw at you over how much of your money they believe they deserve, and as quickly as possible, you made something happen here that has never occurred before. Your vote made taxes in Sierra Madre go down. That has never happened before.
Enjoy the moment. City Hall won't talk about it, of course. There won't be an e-mail blast or Facebook post on any city controlled site. Councilmembers Gene Goss and John Harabedian won't be out shaking hands in front of Starbucks.
Nor will any celebratory purple vinyl banners be seen stretched out across Baldwin Avenue. I also do not expect that there will any commemorations at the Library, despite the importance of similar tax controversies in this history of this country.
And this most certainly won't be written about in the Mountain Views News or on the Sierra Madre News.net website. Apparently they've decided that this is an event nobody should even dare to talk about.
It could be that The Tattler will be the only place this occasion will ever get mentioned. Anywhere. But this is still an historic event, despite the supercilious official neglect of what was a most democratic expression of the will of the people. The very folks whose tax dollars sustain this city.
July 1st, tomorrow, will be the day taxes actually go down in Sierra Madre. For the first time ever.
It also may never happen again.