Half Moon Bay California Another View On Sales Tax
- Jun 22, 2012 | Susan McLain
The city estimates the increase would bring in an additional $867,000 annually. City officials say the money is desperately needed, “…Half Moon Bay is drastically understaffed and lacking resources after three years of sweeping cuts. Over that period, the city eliminated 75 percent of its employees and outsourced its police and recreation services.”
Though the cost-cutting measures appear to have been “largely successful,” and “…the city is meeting current operations needs, officials report the city will be $1 million short for its infrastructure projects planned for this fiscal year.”
Other proposals to help make up the needed revenue included charging for downtown parking but “…in the face of howls of protest from city business owners,” they tabled that idea.
The “…proposed tax could last for three or five years, and it could be brought back to voters at a future date for renewal.”
But one resident shares another point of view on the half-cent sales tax….