Thursday, July 26, 2012

San Mateo County 1/2 cent sales tax coming to Fall ballot

"The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to put a half-cent sales tax increase measure on the November ballot, with hopes of grabbing an extra $60 million a year.
All these new proposed taxes, good luck!

Board President Adrienne Tissier said the money is needed to maintain the public services and "great quality of life" that San Mateo County wants to continue providing despite cutbacks in state and federal funds.

....  On the same Nov. 6 ballot is a quarter-cent sales tax increase measure Gov. Jerry Brown is counting on Californians to approve to help fund the state budget, Pine reminded his colleagues."  Palo Alto Daily News/Bonnie Eslinger, 7/25/12.  "San Mateo County supes send half-cent sales tax increase to the November ballot."   Read Article.

"The split vote squeezed through with a 4-1 vote, meeting the four-fifths requirement for a tax measure. Supervisor Dave Pine cast the lone vote against the measure, reportedly saying he preferred a smaller quarter-cent surcharge.

The measure would last 10 years and generate an estimated $60 million annually, which would go toward balancing the costs of services. The proposed language of the measure singled medical programs and hospital facilities as possible uses for the money.

If approved by voters, the new measure would raise the sales tax from 8.25 percent to 8.75 throughout the entire county, including cities such as Half Moon Bay."  Half Moon Bay Review/Mark Noack, 7/24/12. "County supervisors put half-cent tax on ballot."   Read Article.
Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sure, let's vote for this, in addition to Pacifica's proposed tax increase, in addition to the recently approved property tax tax for the schools - let's just tax ourselves to the point of no return - NO!