As one critic of city transfers of Glendale Water and Power electric receipts to pay for general services, I wish to respond to the story, “Council mulls April ballot issues,” Oct. 12.
It correctly states that opponents have argued the budgeted $21 million transfer is illegal because the Charter only authorizes transfers of GWP surplus monies, if any; and true, a Charter amendment could legalize this practice. But such an amendment would not take the wind out of my criticism.
Only if the people vote both to authorize a specific sum of electrical receipts (instead of GWP surplus monies, if any) to go to the General Budget Fund (instead of the General Reserve Fund), will the wind be taken out of my argument that the current practice is illegal.
Be not deceived. Such changes aren’t merely procedural or merely streamlining. They’re substantive, with genuine consequences.