Seiler: Costa Mesa should refund $11 million surplus to taxpayers

Posted by on September 16, 2016 9:34 am
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By John Seiler

How about the taxpayers? Is’t their money, after all.

The Daily Pilot reported the city is swimming in a massive, $11 million surplus, “money that city staff and council members say could be used to increase reserves, pay down pension debt and fund major projects, such as work planned for Lions Park.”

They’re like Richard Pryor in “Bewster’s Millions,” giddy to blow all the dough.

A better idea: Give that 11 million semolians back to the people who earned it in the first place: The taxpayers. All of it. All $11 million. All $11,000,000,000.00.

Maybe the city staff and council members haven’t noticed it, but it’s incredibly expensive living in Costa Mesa and the rest of Southern California. Part of that expense is massive taxes pilfered to fund wasteful government.

I remember a situation like this happened back in the late 1980s. The city splurged the surplus on all those medians in the middle of roads. Jobs for government workers.

But then the recession hit a year later, and Costa Mesa residents sure would have been better off if that money had been returned to their empty pockets.

In 2016, this time the surplus should be given back to its rightful owners, the taxpayers. All of it.

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