Our county does not have the revenue of our neighboring counties, nor is it fiscally sustainable to keep raising taxes on home owners to support all of our community’s needs. Property taxes do not fully cover the services needed by our county residents to sustain and grow our quality of life. We have tremendous difficulty holding on to "quality talent" among county staff at ALL levels.
For example, we have county staff that rely on food stamps to supplement their pay because the county cannot afford to pay them a sustainable income. Police and firefighters generally can make more starting at the bottom in another county, than what we can pay top brass to work here.
We need money to rebuild and widen our roads. We need to provide services for our seniors and the disabled – who are increasing in our population. We need to distribute quality water to our people and fix and maintain our sewer systems.
We need a permanent director for the Office of Emergency Services, which can address pandemics like the Coronavirus.
We have to be able to attract businesses with high-paying jobs, so we can expand our revenue base, and protect the environment by having less people commuting to Silicon Valley.
I am working to remediate these woes by finding ways we can increase our revenue sources through taxes paid for by travelers to go towards upgrading our county’s competitiveness and infrastructure. I am in the process of obtaining a grant through the Central Coast Broadband Consortium to bring high-speed internet to larger areas of our county.
I have served on and stay connected to the San Benito County Water Resources Board that is working to bring quality water to San Juan Bautista residents.
I meet regularly with the Council Of Governments and the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments to stay abreast of ways to fix our roads.
I support the expansion of hemp and cannabis agriculture in this county, to collect taxes on those crops and products, similar to how we tax liquor and tobacco.
I will continue to create, uphold, and expand policies dealing with “transparency in government" by expanding beyond the ethics codes and rules that I authored for the City of San Juan Bautista officials and staff, to hold us ALL accountable for our decisions and actions.
If you would like to discuss these issues with me please feel free to contact me at: https://www.facebook.com/votejohnfreeman/