County May Ask Voters For Tax Hike

Half Moon Bay residents could face a November ballot with three sales tax proposals--by the City, County and State. If all pass, shoppers in Half Moon Bay will end up paying a sales tax of 9.5 percent.

Half Moon Bay residents could face a minimum of five tax hikes on the November ballot. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will decide today whether to ask voters to increase the sales tax by a half-cent for ten years.

The proposal is on the Board's agenda. The money would go into the County's general fund.

The City of Half Moon Bay has already placed a on the November ballot. The three year increase would raise $867,000 annually to fund infrastructure improvements.

If both the City and County hikes pass, the sales tax in Half Moon Bay would be 9.25 percent. 

But it doesn't end there. Gov. Jerry Brown's tax increase proposal, Prop. 30, includes a quarter-cent sales tax hike for four years.

So, if all three sales tax hikes pass, the rate in Half Moon Bay will be 9.5 percent.

Currently, the average sales tax in California is 7.8 percent, according to Find the Best.

Gov. Brown's Prop. 30 includes an income tax increase, in addition to the sales tax hike.

There are two more tax hike plans on the November ballot.

The Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9:00. It will be held at the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City, 94063. The meeting will also be streamed online.

Brian Ginna July 24, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Prop. 30 - Taxes (Brown plan) - NO Prop. 38 - Taxes (Munger plan) - NO Prop. 39 - NO No taxes until they reform spending. San Mateo - for General Fund - YES Half Moon Bay - YES
Beatrice Karnes July 24, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Interesting comment, Brian. Instead of being across-the-board against taxes, you are willing to give more money to local governments. I'm looking forward to more comments to find out if others agree.
Brian Ginna July 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM
HMB gets a very small percentage of our property taxes. Historical problem. I am willing to give them additional sales taxes to help make up the difference. At least for awhile.
George Muteff July 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I concur with Brian's analysis and choices. That would take the rate from 8.25% to 9.25% for three years (HMB) and another seven (County). I can live with that. I am and will be more concerned with the expenditure side of the ledger for both the City and the County. We all know they need more money. One of the questions is why and part of the answer to that is spending. These two taxes won't break anyone and will help. I only hope our elected officials, both City and County, are much more careful on how they spend the revenues we provide. There are many that would question some of the expenditures we've seen from both Agencies. A more careful and deliberate scrutiny of expenditures is appropriate. Time will tell.


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