On Thursday, July 26th, SEIU ULTCW member, Joanne Mathis, read on behalf of President, Laphonza Butler:
Dear Mayor and City Council,
Recently members of SEIU ULTCW came together and unanimously voted to support the City of Fairfield moving forward with placing a local revenue measure on the November 2012 ballot to protect local programs and services including senior programs, youth programs, and public safety.
SEIU ULTCW represents 180,000 Home Care workers in California, including Solano County and the City of Fairfield. Our members care for the elderly and disabled in their homes allowing consumers to live independent healthy lives at home.
We know that as Fairfield has lost more than $44 million dollars in the last three years to State takeaways, which has taken a toll on Fairfield and the services our members depend on in the City including Senior Center programs and hours.
The City has already cut $37 million from its budget and eliminated 150 staff positions. The City cannot make further budget cuts without having additional significant impacts on the quality of life in Fairfield and the character of the community that our members value deeply.
Fairfield needs a protected, reliable source of local revenue that stays in Fairfield for the services residents want and need, that cannot be taken by Sacramento. We want to urge the Fairfield City Council to vote to adopt Resolution 2108-122 to place this local revenue measure on the November ballot, allowing Fairfield voters to protect the services they want in their community.