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Menlo Park Sales Taxes are Not Recovering

Original post made by Worried, Menlo Park: The Willows, on Oct 25, 2006

MENLO PARK SALES TAX RATES ARE FLAT AND HAVE NOT RECOVERED: When sales revenues bottomed at pre-boom (1995) levels they remained flat despite 1.) Duboc & Winkler's "streamlining" policies and 2.) a state and national recovery. California state sales taxes have surpassed pre-boom levels, but local sales tax revenues are stuck below pre-boom levels.

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Posted by IndieFan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 25, 2006 at 3:49 pm

Well, I have to agree with Winkler on one thing -- it was darned unfriendly of Sandy Crittenden to boot Landmark from the Park Theater. Of course, he's from Atherton, so I'm not sure it can be chalked up to Menlo Park's unfriendliness.

Other than that, your points are all solid. Winkler's New, New, New Math for justifying her positions is just nuts.


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Posted by Worried
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 25, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Yeah, it was pretty unfriendly of Crittenden. Mickie's usual claim, though, is that the City is unfriendly to property owners. In Howard's case, the property owner was unfriendly to the tenant.


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Posted by Worried
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 27, 2006 at 4:22 pm


As an addendum: Information recently appearing elsewhere in the public forum, citing a memo given to council members by Finance Direct Carol Augustine, confirms that this year's (FY2006) sales tax revenue is down from last year and at a 13-year low.

The trend described above has been happening for more than a decade in Menlo Park, and citizen from both sides should move quickly to call for land-use policies that both protect and expand sales tax producers in Menlo Park. It is critical to the financial well-being of the city.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 6, 2006 at 10:40 pm

Yeah, the structural deficits really do look grim