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Almanac editorial: Vote yes on Atherton parcel tax

Original post made by News Guy on Oct 24, 2009

(This editorial was published in the Oct. 21, 2009, issue of The Almanac.)

Every four years Atherton voters must renew the city's parcel tax if they want to keep their government running the way it does today.

As one of the few Peninsula cities with virtually no sales tax revenue, Atherton depends on the tax for nearly $2 million a year in revenue, which, unlike property tax, does not have to be shared with the state. The relatively modest parcel tax, which must be approved by a two-thirds of the voters for passage, is also deductible, which should not go unnoticed in Atherton.

The tax helps pay the costs of various services in the city, from police to road repair and drainage projects. Without it, Mayor Jerry Carlson said, it would be very difficult for the government to function. There is no organized opposition to the parcel tax measures and no one bothered to write a ballot argument against them.

We urge a yes vote on Measure S, to renew the tax, and Measure T, which authorizes the town to collect and spend it.

Comments (3)

Posted by Fiscally responsible, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 24, 2009 at 1:14 am

I wholeheartedly agree with the first sentence:

"Atherton voters must renew the city's parcel tax if they want to keep their government running the way it does today."


Posted by Thelma, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

got that from 09?
you want to pay an even bigger parcel tax for more of this insanity folks?


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

We need to quit living in a dream world. The Council kicked the can down the road by setting garbage rates below the true cost under citizen pressure. If the Council now kicks the ever growing personnel costs down the road we will soon have a $3 million/year structural deficit. That would mean a parcel tax of $1,200 just to balance the budget.

There is no Santa Clause and Atherton cannot print money.


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