The following letter was submitted by Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch resident & retired from the Antioch Police Department who is advocating for the support of Measure W.
I keep reading the city needs to learn to live within its means or they should make cuts to stay within budget. These are not sustainable ideas. A city cannot continually function that way nor should it.
Costs of everything continue to rise. Materials, utilities, wages and benefits, equipment. If a city were to keep a stagnant income then everything remains at status quo and eventually, due to inflation alone, the city will begin to slide.
“Bring more business” you say. That doesn’t happen when blight and crime issues are too high. Fix those things and make that the new normal and eventually more business will follow.
I don’t want status quo. I want better. I want more officers. I want more code enforcement. I want a cleaner and safer city for my grand kids. These things come with a cost. This is not money being wasted on more entitlement programs. This is money well spent on quality of life issues and we will all benefit from measure W. One penny, sign me up.
Vote “yes” on Measure W.
Antioch resident & retired from the Antioch Police Department