0.5% Sales Tax Increase
We’ve talked in past articles on this site about the proposed 0.5% sales tax increase that we’ll be asked to vote on in the November Election. It’s pretty straightforward:
- Yes or No — hike the local sales tax to 9.75% for a six-year period to raise money for vital City functions?
It has an official name now — the “City of San Carlos Vital Service Measure” …. but after all the hype and press that we’re sure to see for and against this proposal, you and I will only remember it as: Measure U. The point of this post isn’t to debate the merits of this measure (although you’re welcome to do so in the comments…hint, hint.) No…I’m seeking an answer to a far more important question…
Wasn’t a better letter available?
I know the City probably has no say in what letters are assigned to which proposals. But of all 26 letters in the alphabet, “U” is probably the most abused one, and the worst one to have assigned to a ballot measure. Maybe it’s just my juvenile mind hard at work again, but I think the opponents to Measure U are going to have a field day with this one (Beavis and Butthead certainly would.) Sadly, the chorus of Scandal’s 1980’s hit “Goodbye to U” is now stuck in my head. U get the idea.
Naming it “Measure V” would make much more sense….Vital Service Measure? But Measure V is already taken by another measure that we’ll be asked to vote on — whether to make the City Clerk Job appointive. OK, why are we even voting on this? Just give Christine Boland the job for life (or as long as she wants it.) She’s doing an great job, and we can put the letter V where it rightfully belongs.
You can certainly see why nobody ever asks me to be their campaign manager. But who knows? Maybe this will add some excitement to the election.
So let’s take a poll…
Time for another world-famous White Oaks Blog poll. How are U going to vote?
How will you vote on San Carlos Measure U, the 0.5% sales tax increase?
- No. I will vote against this Measure (54%, 135 Votes)
- Yes. I will vote in favor of the Measure. (42%, 106 Votes)
- I don't plan to participate in this election. (4%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 251
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