FIX OUR STREETS, ROADS, SIDEWALKS, TRIM TREES AND IMPROVE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE!
Yes, it is a tall order to help fix all these things. All it takes is a lot of money. Upland receives its monies for roads from Gas Tax Money and Measure I. The Public Works Department has been amazing about saving these monies, applying for grants and utilizing their money carefully. But, with the amount of roads and age of the infrastructure, Upland has gotten behind on many projects in the past. The city has done a large amount of infrastructure improvements this past year due to saving the money over several years, but the amount and scope of money needed is about 8 million per year over what we currently get. The city usually receives about 3 million a year and therefore many needed projects get left behind. My goal is to work on a ½ cent-1 cent sales tax in our city that would be voted on by our citizens. Taxes are never popular, especially in Upland, but according to the amount, it would bring in an extra 8 million dollars to the city.
Everyone in the community helps to pay for the projects, not just the property owners. Visitors and non-residents who shop in Upland would also help pay for our facilities. Many visitors and non-residents use our facilities, so this is one way for them to help pay for them.
The residents would have to weigh in and vote for this if the council decides to approve it. In the past there was a survey done to ascertain its popularity and so far residents have not wanted to consider it. But, the tide is changing and I believe we may put something like this on the ballot in the future to help our city like other cities have done.