Date: 5/8/2017 at Bayside Cafe
This morning, Loren and Sue Cook, along with 9 other Roseville residents, met for an informal opportunity to find out more about our newest Roseville City Council member Scott Alvord. We’ve known Scott for 5 years now, and as many of our RCONA members expected during his campaign, he’s jumped in with his full dedication and promises to be a great asset for the City of Roseville.
He started the meeting off with introductions and shared a bit of what it’s like as a new City Council member—the hours of reading each week, learning about not only the direct duties of Roseville itself, but also the many assignments on other boards and agency groups as representatives of Roseville. He said that so far it’s been typical to put in about 20-30 hours a week. When asked about compensation, he said the City Charter allows $7,200 per year, but provides no benefits. The City Charter is up for review and amendment every 10 years.
Scott shared his recent experience as part of the CAP to CAP visit to Washington DC. He said the group from Sac Metro Chamber (representing 12 regional counties) was the largest group with 360 representatives attending. He was impressed with the competency of the group, and especially the leadership roles of the Roseville representatives. But he shared the general frustrations with the current disarray at the capital (apparently across all political parties). He said that there are about 1,500 committees for heads to be appointed to, and although there were wholesale firings across the board, only about 10% had been replaced.
But Scott said they were still able to make many connections and learned useful information. One item learned was at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - recent information to speed up the process of obtaining federal permits (‘wetland clearance’, etc.). It can help certain future developments if they meet the criteria specified, but they’re not sure of the details yet.
He also said California is the 6th largest economy in the world, and largest job market in the country. In addition, it leads the nation in manufacturing, agriculture and innovation. They are hoping to be able to do something with improving communications technology for the agriculture business.
Everyone attending this morning had an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns on a variety of topics, including:
- Highway 65 - doesn’t look like there will be any help coming from federal sources; it will have to be local sales tax proposal that would stay strictly within the district.
- Water - our Roseville representatives are highly recognized as leaders in ongoing water conservation matters and very involved with federal regulations and enforcement.
- Roseville Budget - the two largest tax revenue sources for Roseville are the Auto Mall, and the City receives 1% of their sales tax. Unfortunately, many people go looking locally, the purchase online, so sales tax revenue is down. Scott passed out flyers for the City’s Community Priorities Advisory Committee and explained the process that invites Roseville residents to help review current budget issues and help plan for the City’s financial future—where to make revisions to help reduce expenditures and increase revenues to sustain the future (more info available on the City’s website). He said Roseville’s sales tax is currently 7.5%, the lowest in the region and even with a small sales tax increase it would still be lower than other cities (i.e. Sacramento at 10%). He also mentioned the City will look at adopting new revenue sources, such as First Response fees or alternatives to much more costly outside sources (which may actually be a cost-savings for residents).
- Increased hotel taxes - Placer Valley Tourism might increase their taxes; they are assessing plans for the County Fairgrounds now for a sports complex, and apparently have changed their planned contributions to the West Roseville Sports Complex (temporarily on hold now).
- Public Services - concerns about level of service for the expanding and increasing population of Roseville was mentioned, particularly concerns for the West Roseville area. Concerns were mentioned for delayed response times because roads that should have been built several years ago are still not started and the safety of residents and property is at risk (Blue Oaks Blvd. and North Hayden Parkway). Special assessments are going into the General Fund but not being applied out. Scott invited those inquiring to submit details for a review into the subject.
Those attending the meeting commented on the success of the discussions, and remained in discussions at least a half-hour after the official end time. We thank Scott Alvord and the City Council for offering these ‘coffee’ meetings with the Roseville community.
Councilman Scott Alvord (far right)