Sales Tax OK, not Utility Tax
The word coming out of the City Council of San Carlos is that they’ve heard the residents of San Carlos speak, and 61% of the residents support a hike in sales tax to help close the City’s budget deficit….so says Mike Rosenberg’s article in the San Mateo County Times. The idea of a utility tax was proposed too, but more people responded favorably to an increase in sales, so that’s the path the Council is choosing to go.
I found this result to be somewhat surprising, because the poll that I’m currently running on this site says exactly the opposite. For those of you reading this on a feed reader, here’s the latest results of the White Oaks Blog poll:
Should San Carlos increase taxes to close the City budget deficit?
- No. Increasing taxes is a bad idea. (63%, 77 Votes)
- Yes. Everyone needs to chip in. (33%, 40 Votes)
- I don’t know (or don’t care!) (4%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 123
I’ll be the first to admit that my last name is not Gallup, and the response size is statistically small. BUT…the poll I ran on Measure B had a similar participation level, and it correctly predicted the outcome of the Measure B election. And note that the survey that the City of San Carlos conducted only included 300 registered voters, which is statistically on the same scale as this poll.
So who’s right?
A 0.5% rate hike — the vote is tonight.
At tonight’s meeting, the City Council of San Carlos will vote to put an initiative on the November 3 ballot which will increase sales tax in San Carlos by 0.5% to 9.75%. If you feel strongly about this one way or the other, I highly recommend that you attend this meeting and voice your opinion. According to the aforementioned article, it appears the Council already has the required “yes” votes to move forward.
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