When it comes to broke-ass cities (whassup, Vacaville? Damn, them courduroys is weak! You get them from Ross or something?), Fremont could have it a lot worse. Although it's not really running a budget deficit, roughly a dozen important staff positions have been left vacant, because of cash flow problems. So some members of the City Council have floated the idea of raising the hotel tax to flush some more money into the city's coffers. Currently, Fremont's eight percent rate is one of the lowest in the region; raising it to as much as fourteen percent would add another $2.7 million to the city's reserves.