One Citizen’s Vote for Vicky Neibauer - Opinion
In a national or statewide election one citizen’s vote is diluted by the sheer number of other votes being cast. This year millions will be voting for President and many of those millions are in California who will also be voting on statewide ballot measures. However, on a local level where only thousands, or maybe even as few several hundred, votes will be deciding the outcome of elections, an individual’s vote counts much more. That is why I am asking everyone in Cameron Park to vote for the candidate that has committed to bring fiscal sanity back to the district: Vicky Neibauer. We have a choice between a candidate that understands budgets and how to balance them, Vicky Neibauer, and an appointed incumbent CSD board member who has repeatedly voted for budget deficits. If we have a Board of Directors that continues to allow our general manager to pursue deficit spending in fiscal year 2012/2013 the district will end up with over $100,000 in red ink.
Where will this money come from? Either services will be cut or we will be asked to pay higher taxes. The appointed incumbent running for election to the Cameron Park Board of Directors was asked repeatedly to support suggestions that would save the district money and he chose to indulge every whim of the CSD’s general manager. This included hiring a new staff member to the recreation department with full benefits even though he was made aware that we do not have the money for the new position, and adding $30,000 in deficit to $50,000 in deficit now structurally part of the CSD budget. The appointed incumbent voted to add the extra $30,000 in deficit spending without asking or receiving any details as to what the additional $30,000 is going to be used for. Cameron Park can not afford the lack of leadership that the appointed incumbent and other board members are demonstrating.