Article by Kevin Burton, board chair of the Kern County Taxpayers Association
For decades, Bakersfield has invested significant resources toward new development at the expense of existing neighborhoods, many of which lack vital services such as parks, sidewalks and street lighting. That is why KernTax has proposed that the city of Bakersfield invest $10 million of Measure N funds annually over the next decade for economic development in the city’s most disadvantaged communities. We believe a substantial commitment, with available grant funding, is needed to empower our disadvantaged communities to revitalize neighborhoods, create workforce opportunities and lift more Kern County residents into the middle class.
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