The latest junk mail and more…

Just wanted to touch base and update you all on election information. You have probably received the malicious and misleading mailers sent out by “Communities Together” secret PAC. Many of you have contacted me and expressed your distaste. It is disappointing that Fillmore citizens are subjected to this much unnecessary divisiveness. We are the only city who has this sort of thing for a local election. It makes you wonder who is willing to spend that much money and what is the agenda.

Many of you have also contacted me to ask for signs. I apologize, but we are out of signs. Someone has removed nearly all of my signs! We don’t know if it’s the opposition camp or just kids but it is disturbing.

I want to thank all of you for your support and contributions. All candidates are required to file campaign finance reports detailing their contributions and expenses. They can be viewed at the City Clerk’s office any time. Know who is funding the candidates. My campaign is funded by citizens and I do not accept contributions from developers or other special interests. If you would like a copy of my report please let me know and I will email you a copy.

The mailers and advertising are expensive. Our opponents have tens of thousands to spend on mailers but they are not reporting who is paying for their mailers. I believe they have sent out about nine mailers to date – a lot of money!

For the record, here is the FYI on the latest, the “$131,000 gone and you’re paying for it” mailer.

These were delinquencies from 2002-1008. They were incurred before I got on the council and should have been handled long ago. Our staff has been diligently trying to collect but most have moved. So, what we voted last week to do – and it wasn’t just me, it was a unanimous vote from the council – is to hire a collection agency to collect the debt. The list of delinquencies was included in the agenda and staff has asked that if anyone has knowledge of the whereabouts of anyone on the list to please let them know. If you would like a copy of the list please contact me.

And how deceptive is this statement on that same mailer? “Washburn kept water rates high for residents, wrote off unpaid bills for special interests and continued the policies that lead to the sewer bonds being downgraded by creditors.

Gosh, where to begin? First, the water rates are set by the entire council and of course no one wants to raise them. However, did you know there are about three leaks per week on our older lines? We are raising money to pay for the line replacements rather than incurring more bond debt which costs more due to the extra millions in interest we have to pay.

As far as write offs for special interests, no telling what that means. The list is available and there are no special interests that I can see.

As far as continuing policies that lead to downgraded bonds, this is really shameful since we begged the council at the time not to pursue those bonds. We knew the community could not afford this sewer plant or the financing! They refused to check out the alternatives we suggested.

Who knows what they will come up with next but it will be misleading and untruthful so please contact us to put the record straight. Gayle: 524-7313 or Jamey: 796-3671.

The Fillmore Chamber of Commerce and One Step a la Vez are hosting a candidate debate 6:30 pm, Wednesday at city hall. I hope you can make it. Your support is important and it is also important to know where the candidates stand on the issues.