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San Mateo County supervisors move toward sales tax ballot measure

Original post made on Jul 14, 2016

Following up on a vow to find funding to help alleviate the housing crisis in San Mateo County, the county's Board of Supervisors has asked county officials to draw up a ballot measure to extend an existing half-cent general sales tax for 20 more years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11:43 AM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Right, like we don't already pay enough. Time for local gov't to do some belt tightening when it comes to all those employment benefits that most of us only wish we had.

In any case tax the big tech corporations and startups which are causing the housing shortage and massive increases in housing costs.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Supervisors Don Horsley and Adrienne Tissier and others mislead the public to to get Measure A passed 4 years ago.
Now they are at it again. Get Government out of the housing business.

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Posted by Scholar
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Just more of the same approach to budget "problems". Vote no.


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Posted by What another tax?
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Stop this lunacy. Tell employers with more than 1000 employees in the county to put housing in their plans, this includes governments. If they want to expand they need to figure out how to get people to live in the area or DO NOT expand. No one asked Facebook to add 6400 employees and create the housing mess in Menlo, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Atherton. Vote NO takes are too high now. Government needs to stop taking our money for feel good ideas.


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Posted by janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jul 14, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Measure A was supposed to be used for essential services that the state was not supplying. Instead it got spent on all kinds of things such as paying for 14 hand air dryers in restrooms in the county building, and some truly ugly "art work" so it degenerated into a general slush fund. This is exactly what will happen if the tax is continued and there STILL won't be adequate affordable housing.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Really, another tax. The government, schools, etc. must think the voters' money grows on tree because they think we can pay for every increase they desire.

Vote NO!


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2016 at 8:04 am

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

$140,000 Measure A Funds for this gentleman.
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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

1:13:00 in video BOS Meeting July 12, 2016

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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Vote No. County manager makes in excess of $300,000 ($339,386.40). County Government salaries and benefits are way out of line for equivalent work in the private sector. Do not feed the avaricious porcine County Government.

Right now I buy in Santa Clara County for big ticket items because of the sales tax differential. We can make it work the other way for us. A lower tax rate could result in a large increase in buying volume which could end up in increased tax revenues.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

John L Maltbie
County Manager - Unclassified
Regular pay: $339,386.40
Overtime pay: $0.00
Other pay: $65,900.52
Total pay: $405,286.92
Total benefits: $138,827.80

Total pay & benefits: $544,114.72


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Posted by Easier to pass
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm

I suspect it is easier to get a sales tax increase by voters (than a bond measure paid by higher property taxes). Maybe that could be checked and reported. Most of us pay no attention to the sales tax unless we buy something darn expensive. And even then, it is just accepted. An agency would need to be hated to fail to get a sales tax increase approved.


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Posted by Born & raised right here in SMC
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Great, like I need yet another reason to exit the self-imposed affordable multifamily housing industry in Mt. View where TWO rent control measures will be on the ballot. Time to sell everything and simply move out of the area. Do these idiots running our government entities give a rat's a$$ about approving the creation of thousands of new jobs with one hand while not adequately addressing the housing shortage those jobs create with the other?


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