Local voters will have two measures on next Tuesday’s ballot that merit consideration.
One would increase the term of Patterson’s mayor from two years to four. The change would go far to stabilize the city’s top leadership position and would eliminate the need for an incumbent mayor to forever be running for office.
The second is Proposition 21. It would increase registration fees on cars, motorcycles and recreational vehicles by $18 a year, all the funding going toward maintenance and operation of California’s beautiful state parks. Its passage would take the parks system out of the annual state budget, freeing up funding for other uses.
It’s a satisfactory way of assuring that our parks system, one of the best in the country, will stay afloat.
Ron Swift, Patterson