Fremont tax

As an acolyte of New York tabloid sports reporters, it was my duty to play up Mayor Wasserman’s tax hike suggestion for all it’s worth in tomorrow’s paper.  But my sense is it’s not going to happen.

I just talked to Bob Wieckowski, who called me after my very early deadline. All our deadlines are very early these days.

Wieckowksi wasn’t too keen on the tax proposal. Considering that he’s been the council’s most vocal advocate for higher taxes and better services, that doesn’t bode well for tax fans.

Wieckowski said Wasserman’s suggestion came out of nowhere, and questioned whether there’s “the political mojo” to pass a tax measure.

Matt Artz


  1. I’m picturing thsi scenario: Wasserman puts a tax initiative on the same ballot as a parcel tax (for the schools). Of course, they both fail. As soon as this result is announced, Wasserman is surrounded by angry parents, completely engulfed by the enraged crowd. No one ever sees him again.

  2. You never know what the voting public will accept, but I’m having a hard time seeing how a local tax increase would prevail in this economy. It doesn’t look good for Newark’s measure so far; perhaps Fremont is waiting to see how they do.

    Of course, if we felt that we could trust any of our city management with a dollar, it might be a different story, but trust is a tough hill to climb for our current office holders (see water park, stadium, Wasserman recruiting school kids to work for his campaign, etc.). It’s difficult to trust politicos who only descend from their tower for highly regulated meetings and at election time. Most folks never get a chance to get to know them, much less ask a question.

    Eyesbright, interesting scenario – kind of Felliniesque. Given his age, I think we’ll be seeing the end of the Wasserman era pretty soon. Prediction – we’ll look back on his tenure the same way we recall Nixon, as a political object lesson.

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