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Supervisors vote 4-1 to put sales tax on ballot

Original post made on Jul 24, 2012

It might be like making a speech to a hostile audience when the county writes its argument in support of a half-cent sales tax increase for the November ballot.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 4:29 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Albert Einstein

We obvious have really intelligent elected officials -- MP city council wants to raise the hotel tax when the county voted it down in June; the Board of Supervisors want to raise the sales tax to add to the general fund when the county voted down tax increases in June; and the legislature and governor want to raise taxes to fund HSR when other viable programs are cut and the state is going broke. The feds want to raise taxes too. Pretty soon we won't have any money left to pay for government.

Just say NO to more taxes.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I'll be saying NO. Our politicians just don't seem to have "cutting expenses" in their lexicon. Until they do, they'll get no more voluntary money from me.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"the need to maintain critical county services in the face of continuing government budget cuts and rising benefit expenses."

The taxpayers' well is dry.

The answer is to cut expenses, eliminate programs and to control benefits by negotiations and outsourcing.

Posted by new guy, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Wait! You want more of my money because???

Oh, right! HSR!!! Sorry no thanks!

Dream act!!! Sorry, but my company cannot even hire those graduates!!!!

Everything else!!! Sorry, but no thanks!

The truth of this is this. I have 2 young children. What do I teach them to be successful in life? At this point, I would tell them to join a public union, retire at 50 or so. Don't get 2 degrees, work your tail off for 10 years to afford a nice little house in a nice neighborhood. As long as you are union, have it all given to you as an "entitlement", since you need to live in the town where you have your cushy job and don't have to work too hard, since you gave up """HUGE""" money to work in the public sectore...

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

The Board of Supervisors wants to increase the sales tax just after giving the new Controller an 11% raise.

If this is financial responsibility, we're doomed.

Posted by John Kevranian, a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I applaud Supervisor Dave Pine for voting against the sales tax proposal. Businesses in San Mateo County are struggling, and families are having a hard time making ends meet. It's hard enough for our local businesses to compete with online companies who are not charging sales tax for online purchases. Keep up the good work Supervisor Pine!

Posted by not bob, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 25, 2012 at 12:07 am

Recent measures T, U and X were intended to tax tourists and visitors on San Mateo County. Only measure T (rental car tax) passed by a few hundred votes with 50.1%. Now the board is proposing a sales tax on residents. We predict this sales tax measure will be slaughtered at the ballot box.

Bob commented above that Menlo Park city council wants to raise the hotel tax when the county voted it down in June. Bob will be pleased to learn that Menlo Park's elected officials listen to the voters of Menlo Park. On page 188 of the Statement of the Vote (Web Link) we can see that Menlo Park voters approved the Measure U (hotel tax) by 146 votes with 52.5%.

Posted by common sense, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Do these elected officials live in a bubble? As John stated above, I also applaud Dave Pine for voting against the tax increase, and the others should be removed from office. We are already taxed too much and to add even more taxation is just plain crazy! Our society is going to implode if we don't stop runaway spending and irresponsible government.

Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm

How dare they ask for more money! Reform and cut expenses first.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

This is simple we San Mateo County need 2 different Supervisors to add to Dave Pine.

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

2 of our 4 Supervisors were appointed NOT elected

Posted by Carlisle, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Spread the word..."Not another dime" until the systemic issues and the waste within local government that have caused the deficits are dealt with.

Posted by Irate Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

It's so easy for politicians to spend other peoples' money and pretend they're do-gooders. Well, not mine! I'll remember the names Tissier and Horsley for a long time. Down and out they go! And all those who ever vote for tax increases with no mention of spending cuts. Throw the bums out at ALL levels of government! Anti-incumbent here we come!

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