A proposed safety tax and its corresponding advisory known as measures D and E have divided many people in Redding.
The issue, raising taxes to fight Redding’s crime problem.
But the latest controversy has reached a whole new level.
“I just wanted to share something interesting that happened tonight,” a witness said on Facebook.
It all started when Matt Mosely, a supporter of the measures, posted a Facebook Live video accusing former mayor Patrick Jones of cutting down one of his signs.
When I had shown Patrick Jones the video, it was the first time he'd heard of it.
“They put an illegal sign up and they trespassed to do it,” he said. “I put my signs up where I had legal permission. I will take down every sign I can if they put it illegally.”
Jones was adamant that the owner of the empty lot on Bonney View and Bechelli gave him permission to take down the sign and put his own up.
But Vice Mayor Brent Weaver says he was given express permission by the property manager to put the Yes on D and E sign there.
“That was a location given to them by Ken Miller,” Weaver said. “A broker here in town and they confirmed again this morning that was one of the authorized locations for them to put a sign.”
As you can see behind me the Yes on D and E sign was put back up.
The lone “Yes on D and E” sign was among several “No on D and E,” and Gary Cadd signs, who is an outspoken opponent of the measures. I used the opportunity to dig deeper into the opposing views regarding the safety tax.
“No council member can guarantee to the public that this will be used for public safety. They would like it to be used for public safety but it is a general purpose general fund tax,” he said.
Weaver says the safety tax was proposed as a general fund revenue because there is a lower voter approval threshold. He is also asking the public to trust that the money will be spent for public safety only.
“I’ve seen that when we place trust in worthwhile endeavors you can achieve great things,” he said.
City officials say the proper protocol is to call the city clerk if you want to complain about a sign.
They don't recommend taking it down yourself.