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Hercules Could Declare Fiscal Emergency Again Tuesday

The city council will consider another declaration of a state of fiscal emergency this week.

Hercules isn't out of the woods yet.

Facing a budget deficit of more than $1 million for the second year in a row, the Hercules City Council may declare a state of fiscal emergency this week–for the second year in a row.

A unanimous vote for a state of fiscal emergency would make it easier for tax increases to pass at the ballot–tax hikes could be passed with a 50-percent-plus-one-vote margin instead of the usual two-thirds margin.

Council members said late last month they would discuss putting before voters an increase in the city's utility users tax.

"This time last year, the discussion was that we knew we wouldn't get it all in one bite," City Manager Steve Duran said of the city's deficit at a council meeting last month. "Even with a 1 percent sales tax [increase] we wouldn't have gotten all of it, and we went with a half-percent sales tax. We didn't eliminate a structural deficit last year."

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Hercules City Council meeting
7 p.m. Tuesday
City Council Chambers, 111 Civic Dr. 

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Dwayne Hoover February 13, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Dale, My comment was about "The Who" too, not just "W". All the Bush fans seems to take great offense when his verbal conflagrations are exposed. I don't know why. It found those things to be one of his most redeeming values, and I'm not so sure he didn't do them on purpose.
David F February 13, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Dale, Walmart would not have made it here. The traffic and parking problems would have made the average person go to Hilltop or Martinez. Then, they likely would have made it a warehouse with no sales tax. Also, Walmart could have built a store that fit the general plan. In no way, would they have helped the city; only the Waltons.
Glenn Abraham February 13, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Yay, Tim! I'm not really back on the Patch. Caught up in my HOA. I just got the board recalled, now I've got to serve on the new board for a coupla years. We never got around to getting together. Email me, k? glennabraham@hotmail.com. cya.
Susan D.Keeffe February 13, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Dale, Walmart has a viable store at Hilltop and the folks who enjoy shopping there, go there. I agree with David, it would never have worked here. They wanted a store several times larger than what the site is zoned for and nobody in the City, other than the council members who enjoyed being wined and dined by WalMart execs, wanted it. Its a dead issue. As you noted, Hercules has a long history of stupid decisions. I'm reminded of that each time I drive by our "white elephant". But we do need revenues and so far the only way our CM and Council can come up with anything is to tax us.
Susan D.Keeffe February 13, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Phil, I really miss the Bushisms calendars. They really brightened my days.

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