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Transaction Use Tax
City of Richmond
16,613 / 59.8% Yes votes ...... 11,171 / 40.2% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Dec 15 1:28pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (57/57)|
82.9% Voter Turnout (418,335/504,505)
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Shall the ordinance imposing a transaction sales and use tax of one-half of one percent (1/2%) in order to provide additional funds for general governmental purposes of the City, such as police, fire, emergency medical, library, recreation, local street maintenance and other general governmental services, be adopted?
Wayne S. Nishioka, Assistant City Attorney
|Arguments For Measure Q||Arguments Against Measure Q|
|Due to State tax grabs and a slow economy, Richmond closed fire
stations and libraries and cut 25% of its police force. Parks,
recreation, street cleanup, anti-blight and senior programs were cut
by about 1/2.
Bring back these basic vital services. Vote yes on Measure Q, the 0.5% sales tax increase.
Like you, we don't like paying taxes. Businesses, out of town shoppers, etc. (not average Richmond residents) pay most of it.
Like you, we don't support taxes making government bigger. But Measure Q merely restores some of the services lost due to state takeaways.
And the sad truth is that we don't really have a choice. The State's not going to return millions it's stolen from us. Richmond laid off about half its administrators and cut the Council's budget. Due to massive deficits, Richmond (like other California cities) has not only cut the fat, but has cut the muscle. Employees have offered to reduce their pay, and are "busting their butts" to provide services in spite of massive layoffs. But, Richmond needs new revenue to bring back laid off employees to provide basic vital services.
You get what you pay for.
It's your choice: pennies a day for the sales tax, or:
Let's not be the generation that gave up on our kids... and ourselves.
Vote yes on Measure Q.
Jim Rogers, Councilmember, City of Richmond
Mike Gormley, President, Richmond Police Officers Association
Jim Russey, President, Richmond Firefighters
Linda Jackson-Whitmore, President, Santa Fe Neighborhood Council