I am writing in response to the Saturday article in the Tracy Press regarding the town hall meeting Friday night ("Police chief touts arrest rate at town hall meeting," Page 5). Chief Janet Theissen says the increase in Tracy’s population has caused an increase in crime. I am in total disagreement with this statement.
The City Council has granted the home developers permission to build and increase the population with no provision for the additional services this increase requires. The City Council and mayor desperately want to continue this practice.
The senior center has outgrown itself due to inappropriate allowances for aging residents and population growth. We must have some foresight and planning before acting.
Residents of Tracy, I urge you to oppose any further residential growth that will increase the population. We must establish limits, or the crime and other resultant problems will increase! Please don’t be fooled by developer campaigns. This will be your crime prevention tool.
We do not need the swim center that the city is investing money in. Joe Wilson Pool and the West High pool can be utilized. An expensive swim center places further strain on city funds and means less services for the residents who are so desperately in need of them.
Your taxes will be increased if Tracy builds any more homes. How does this work? New homes bring in revenue for three years and after that, the funds are depleted and the necessary resident services cannot be provided. I urge you to think about and remember this.
The seats of Councilwomen Suzanne Tucker and Evelyn Tolbert will be on the ballot. Both of these people have been very partial to new home development. I urge you to vote for progressive “no growth” candidates who have the foresight to see the ensuing problems that such growth creates, including harm to the community you live in.