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Today: Supes may vote on sales tax measure

Original post made on Jul 20, 2012

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors may decide on Tuesday, July 24, whether to place on the Nov. 6 ballot a measure that would increase the sales tax rate in the county by 0.50 percentage points for 10 years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:01 AM


Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I no longer have any confidence in how our elected officials spend our tax dollars.

Sales taxes are regressive and hurt lower income people far more than upper income people.

The Governor is eager to level additional sales taxes on us. Now, our County Supervisors wish to do the same.

With all due respect, Ms. Tissier, a Caltrain/HSR official and advocate, is not to be trusted with our tax dollars. Sorry.

No additional sales taxes, period.

Posted by Scholar, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Old saying: "There is no such thing as a temporary tax."

Posted by steve, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm

What part of no didn't you understand in June. No increase in taxes. Seaton Medical Center, I don't think so.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 20, 2012 at 4:10 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.

In a word -- NO!

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

These are the supervisors who recently gave the Sheriff's Officers a 3% raise when others were asked to take a pay cut. When asked how will SMC be able to pay for this Don Horsley said " I don't know, we will have to worry about that when the time comes. This same group has just approved a Jail that they don't know or care about how are we going to afford to pay for it. They also just approve a raise for an employee who was just hired. They are not very good with the Taxpayers money.

NO on new taxes

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

It's not just our area; the Sacramento area has the same issues Web Link.

Seems now-a-days every level of government wants more and more of your money. What kind of government system is that called again? I think there are a few countries in Europe like that.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors finds itself confronting the same budget deficit with fewer options."

There is only ONE option - cut expenditures!!