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Sales Tax Proposal
City of San Carlos
Majority Approval Required
Fail: 3,022 / 43.2% Yes votes ...... 3,967 / 56.8% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Dec 29 12:09pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (19/19)|
27.8% Voter Turnout (77,340/277,759)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
City of San Carlos Vital Services Measure: To prevent further cuts and preserve funding for general city services, including fire protection, paramedic and 9-1-1- emergency response, police protection, and crime prevention; street repair and maintenance; and avoiding closure of parks and sports fields, shall the City of San Carlos adopt an ordinance enacting a one-half cent transactions and use tax (sales tax) for six years with independent annual audits and all funds staying local?
The proposed one-half cent sales tax is a general tax and as such, the funds received from the tax will be placed in the general fund of the City of San Carlos for City programs, general City functions, or in any manner allowed by law as directed by the City Council. Examples of such general fund expenditures could include police, fire services, street maintenance, parks and recreation programs, and capital improvements.
This initiative requires a majority vote (fifty percent plus one) to pass.
|Arguments For Measure U||Arguments Against Measure U|
|Keep the "City of Good Living" a great place to live! Vote YES on Measure U!
Here's the situation. Since 2000, San Carlos has:
And to make a bad situation worse, the state will be dipping into our city coffers to the tune of $2.4 million this year alone.
It's important to note that when compared to other cities of similar size (Belmont, Menlo Park, Burlingame, Foster City), San Carlos:
We all value our neighborhood parks, recreation programs, and police and fire departments. Without the revenue produced by Measure U, our emergency services, park quality, and recreation resources will be severely reduced. These facilities and services are critical contributors to our safety, quality of life, and property values.
Please keep our "City of Good Living" a great place to live. Vote for good! Vote YES on Measure U.
For additional information, please go to http://www.vote4goodliving.com
/s/ Seth Rosenblatt, Member, San Carlos School Board
/s/ Scot Masters, Past President, GESC (Greater East San Carlos)
/s/ Barbara Billings, San Carlos community volunteer
/s/ Thomas Davids, Past Mayor and City Councilmember, City of San Carlos
/s/ Lind Teutschel, Chairperson, San Carlos Hometown Days and community volunteer
But over those nine years, while revenues have increased 3 percent annually on average, and operational costs have grown the same, salary and benefit costs have grown at 7 percent. Spending this way is not sustainable and the problem is obvious.
Now they want us to pay more so that we can pay more? Pay more in taxes to pay more in salaries and benefits?
Increasing the sales tax rate in San Carlos is not the solution. It is more likely to exacerbate the problem. Neighboring cities are not pursuing higher sales taxes, therefore, a higher tax in San Carlos may lead to fewer customers, fewer purchases, closed businesses, and reduced revenue.
The ongoing recession has had a negative impact on our local businesses, especially retailers and restaurants. We should be supporting this vital sector of our economy, not punishing it by imposing higher taxes on their sales.
We know the City has made budget cuts to a plan. But have city administrators or elected officials cut expenses where it's really needed? We don't believe so and placing a burden on our local businesses isn't the solution. Please vote NO on Measure U.
/s/ Matt Grocott
/s/ Janice Raymond
/s/ Dennis Werkmeister
/s/ Gary Young
/s/ Horst Jung
|Taxes have outpaced inflation, decade after decade. We must draw a line in the sand, now.
No tax increase is affordable when added to the other taxes we pay.
Retailers struggle to survive on razor-thin profit margins. Higher taxes won't help anybody, including city governments, if local businesses are forced to close their doors, due to unprofitability.
Please vote NO on the San Carlos sales tax increase.
/s/ Kevin Dempsey Peterson, Treasurer, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County
/s/ John J. Hickey
San Carlos has not realized a revenue increase in 10 years, while our state funding and property tax revenue have dropped significantly. In 1978, San Carlos received 13 cents from the state for every dollar of property tax collected but now we receive only 11 cents. The status of our revenue stream is dire and essential services and programs are seriously at risk.
To be fiscally responsible, any tax increase must be preceded by assertive and sustained efforts to reduce expenses. The City has already cut over 30% of administrative costs and reduced public works by 19% and City Council's commitment to reducing expenses is ongoing and aggressive.
Measure U is a responsible and conservative request for funding to protect our services and maintain our safety and property values. It represents only a 50 cent assessment on a $100 purchase, generates revenue from non-residents who shop and dine in town, and expires in six years.
Economic times like this require us to come together and protect what we've worked hard to create. Measure U is endorsed by a diverse group of residents, small businesses, and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce. It deserves your thoughtful consideration, not a knee-jerk reaction to taxes in general. Please support your community by voting YES on Measure U.
/s/ Mary Jo Hoffman, Vice Chair, General Plan Advisory Committee
/s/ Ronald Collins, Board Member, San Carlos Chamber of Commerce
/s/ Mike Aydelott, Past Chair, San CArlos Arts and Culture Commission