Corey Costelloe answered various questions from members of the American Association of University Women when speaking with this group recently. He was impressed by their interest and thorough questions.
Costelloe is Deputy Mayor and has been employed by the City for the last five years. However, he moved to Tehachapi in his 1981 year and attended a local school. He noticed that some of the AAUW members were former teachers. He continued his education and earned his master’s degree from California State Bakersfield. Before he joined the city of Tehachapi, he worked in sports and journalism for 15 years.
Measure S was of great interest to Costello, who urged him to vote “yes” on the measure. He said increased costs from the county fire department were the main reason Action S had to be passed. However, it is also necessary to fund police positions and the maintenance of streets and roads. A local sales tax of 1 cent will be added. He noted that Tehachapi has one of the lowest sales tax rates in Khan County. That’s him 7.25 percent, but Bakersfield he’s 8.25 percent.
Costelloe closed the presentation by talking about new businesses coming to town, new parks in development, and upcoming new developments. There was a lot of good news about the city of Tehachapi.
While AAUW promotes equity and education for women and girls, Tehachapi Mountain Branch is a community-oriented group and enjoyed hearing stories about the city. Information about branches can be found at tehachapimountain-ca.aauw.net/.
Phyllis Belcher is a member of AAUW.