“San Carlos residents OK with sales tax hike.” (Really?)
July 13, 2009
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.