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Half Moon Bay California Another View On Sales Tax

  • Jun 22, 2012 | Susan McLain

Half Moon Bay, California City Council has voted 4-1 to “…present a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.”  The proposed measure would increase the city tax rate to 8.75 percent.

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….

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”