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Hospital sale revenue

Dear Editor:
This letter is in response to the recent article in the Downey Patriot regarding the special City Council meeting held to decide whether to spend the nearly $10 million windfall the city received from the sale of the former Downey Community Hospital property or put the funds in reserves. (“City Council Puts Off Decision on $9.8M,” 12/19/13)
According to the article. Councilman Mario Guerra was eager to spend the money, while Councilman Roger Brossmer and Councilman Alex Saab wanted more time and a report from staff before making a decision.
Former Councilman David Gafin, who is a CPA, and former Councilman Meredith Perkins urged the council to put the funds in reserves.
Thank goodness Gafin and Perkins attended the special meeting (strategically set on a Thursday afternoon during the holiday season when few could attend) or the spenders on the council like Guerra, a supposed fiscal conservative running for State Senate as a Republican, may have prevailed.
Rather than spending the money on council pet projects or putting it into reserve, I think the windfall should be returned to the citizens of Downey in a rebate of water, sewer, trash, paramedic, utility and other fees and taxes. We are taxed enough already!
Brian Heyman
Downey

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Published: Jan. 9, 2014 – Volume 12 – Issue 39



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