San Leandro Places 30-Year Sales Tax Extension on November Ballot

Government in San Leandro realizes that they could not always fool the citizens into voting to extend a slush fund, ur sales tax, every few years. So, the city council decided not to take a chance and tie the hands of the citizens and keep the government hands in their pockets for thirty years. They want to add $8 million a year to city revenues for the next 30 years. I would almost agree to this if as part of the vote the city agreed no more tax or fee increase and no bonds for the next 30 years. The people need to get something in return for a generation and a half of tax increases. People not born today will be paying this tax in 25 years!

“The previous referendum, known as Measure Z, passed in 2010, but included a sunset clause set to expire in 2018. City leaders, however, said the time is now to ask voters to renew the successful sales tax measure to increase budget predictability and repair some of the worst roads in Alameda County.”

Government can always create a “good” excuse to beg for more money. Note that to fix the roads they want more money instead of cutting current expenditures.

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San Leandro Places 30-Year Sales Tax Extension on November Ballot

Steven Tavares, EBCitizens, 7/8/14

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | Nearly four years after voters in San Leandro approved a much-needed sales tax measure viewed by many to have helped the city escape the worst of the Great Recession, city leaders will again ask them to extend the half-cent increase next fall for another 30 years.

The San Leandro City Council approved placing the extension on the ballot Monday night that could potentially net the city $8 million annually in revenue. The vote was 6-0, with Councilmember Ursula Reed absent.

The previous referendum, known as Measure Z, passed in 2010, but included a sunset clause set to expire in 2018. City leaders, however, said the time is now to ask voters to renew the successful sales tax measure to increase budget predictability and repair some of the worst roads in Alameda County.

“The timing is right,” said Councilmember Michael Gregory. In particular, the state of San Leandro’s roads and the lack of funding has been a consistent problem over the past four years, said Gregory “We have been searching and failed to find any funding,” said Gregory. “Nobody has come up with a better solution that I know of.” Federal and state funding for road work is unlikely, he said. “We can’t wait; we have to do this now.”

During his run for office in 2010, San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy campaigned vigorously against Measure Z, but now supports its extension this year. Without the additional sales tax revenue, steep cuts to services and staff that highlighted recent economic down times could return, said Cassidy. “If Measure Z expires and there is no replacement, it will be some hard constraints on our budget.”

Cassidy is not running for re-election this year, but the two council members running to replace him this fall, Councilmembers Diana Souza and Pauline Cutter, both registered strong support for the proposed ballot measure. Councilmember Jim Prola added, he believes the steady flow of sales tax revenue will not only help the city repair its infrastructure, but potentially help it hire more police officers.

The City Council also discussed adding a second ballot measure in November. This one, an extremely simple and non-controversial revision to the City Charter hopes to move the ceremonial appointment of vice mayor from May to January.

 

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Comments

  1. Well, Councilmember Michael Gregory, is there any advocate for the tax payer. You guys spend, year after year, more money than you bring in. You create programs that are intended to look good on your resume and get you re-elected, but have virtually nothing to do with day to day function of government.

    You spending levels increase and you blame the taxpayer. Shall I repeat what has become a cliche’, there is not a tax problem; there is a spending problem. You spend and spend with new programs on top of old programs and when you, predictably, run out of money, you pull out the cherries of, “the roads need to be fixed; we need more police; we need sewage repair; we need a water plant” and what ever other “for the children” type of claim you can make up.

    We, the tax payers, unlike you, do not get to spend for every little goodie we want, go into to debt and then demand our employer pony up more money because we can’t pay the electric or water bill…’cause we REALLY had to have that new LED TV for the Super Bowl party.

    Suck it up! Quit making obligations to spend money you don’t have. If you can’t do your job, get out of office. The good thing is that I can pack up and move out side your sphere of influence. Wait, I have an idea. Why don’t you impose a retroactive tax on everyone who has ever lived in the city. Say go back about 20 years, track ’em down and send a bill. Make sure you also include any business that once operated in the city. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Nobody has ever been successful in fighting a retroactive tax!!!

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