Atherton to vote Wednesday on tax renewal

Atherton officials have been casting about for years to find a replacement for the special parcel tax, an annual levy that helps fund town services and capital projects. Apparently, nothing better has come along, since the Atherton City Council is slated to decide whether to ask voters for a five-year renewal of the parcel tax at its Wednesday, July 15, meeting.

The parcel tax measure would go on the Nov. 3 ballot, and would require a 2/3 yes vote in order to pass.

The current parcel tax measure, approved by voters in February 2005, expires June 30, 2010. For the typical Atherton homeowner, the parcel tax costs $750 annually. Residents of small lots must pay $450 a year, and those with lots larger than 2 acres are charged $960.

Town staff recommends that rates remain the same in the parcel tax renewal measure, which would run from July 2010 to June 2015.

According to the suggested ballot argument, the parcel tax renewal measure would "continue providing funding to maintain neighborhood police patrols and the town's ability to respond to emergencies, repairing and maintaining streets, and repairing and constructing storm drains."

The Atherton City Council meets in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road. Meetings start at 7 p.m. Call 752-0500 for information or go to ■ Atherton City Council agenda page to view the meeting agenda and staff reports.


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Posted by Anna
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

The expense of a ballot renewal of the parcel tax could be easily avoided if we could all just agree to mail our checks directly to Charles for the police retirement fund and the construction industries' rebate program.

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Posted by Get real
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 14, 2009 at 11:36 pm

How does the Town of Atherton expect its residents will react to increased taxes when:

(1) the budget for ongoing legal turmoil (put another way, the sport of allowing the egos of the town council members, police chief and town manager to run rampant) has increased 2.5 times to AT LEAST $500,000 per year?

(2) police management is going to lavish offsite retreats to Carmel?

At least in the federal government bailouts, some effort was made to keep the optics of the situation halfway reasonable (the forced resignations of the various bailed CEOs, for example).

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Posted by warren buffet
a resident of another community
on Jul 16, 2009 at 10:36 pm

The Town would be better off buying lottery tickets than spending money an image consultant

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