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Alameda County supervisors send new sales tax proposal to November ballot

Half-cent tax would fund community services

Alameda County residents will decide in November whether they want to pay an additional half-cent on top of the current 9.25% sales tax in the county.

County supervisors adopted a proposed ordinance unanimously Tuesday at their meeting in Oakland to send the question to voters.

The proposal could raise about $150 million each year for the life of the tax, which would be 10 years. The tax would go into effect on April 1, 2021.

Money would go toward essential county services such as mental health, housing, addressing homelessness, and among other services, job training.

"With the COVID crisis and so many out of work in our county, our system will have to do more with less money," Supervisor Wilma Chan said in a statement. "The tax increase is necessary to provide essential safety net services."

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Five cities in the county already have a sales tax of 9.75%. In those cities, the sales tax would be 10.25% if the measure is approved.

The measure has been in the works for over two years and hundreds of people have worked on it, said Sharon Cornu, executive director of St. Mary's Center, a nonprofit in West Oakland that strives to improve the quality of life for seniors and others.

Cornu said they've seen seniors pushed into homelessness.

"There are skyrocketing housing costs," she said, which has led to homelessness for some.

Cornu said the tax helps people who would otherwise be displaced, some of whom have lived in the county their whole lives.

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Alameda County supervisors send new sales tax proposal to November ballot

Half-cent tax would fund community services

Uploaded: Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 8:08 pm

Alameda County residents will decide in November whether they want to pay an additional half-cent on top of the current 9.25% sales tax in the county.

County supervisors adopted a proposed ordinance unanimously Tuesday at their meeting in Oakland to send the question to voters.

The proposal could raise about $150 million each year for the life of the tax, which would be 10 years. The tax would go into effect on April 1, 2021.

Money would go toward essential county services such as mental health, housing, addressing homelessness, and among other services, job training.

"With the COVID crisis and so many out of work in our county, our system will have to do more with less money," Supervisor Wilma Chan said in a statement. "The tax increase is necessary to provide essential safety net services."

Five cities in the county already have a sales tax of 9.75%. In those cities, the sales tax would be 10.25% if the measure is approved.

The measure has been in the works for over two years and hundreds of people have worked on it, said Sharon Cornu, executive director of St. Mary's Center, a nonprofit in West Oakland that strives to improve the quality of life for seniors and others.

Cornu said they've seen seniors pushed into homelessness.

"There are skyrocketing housing costs," she said, which has led to homelessness for some.

Cornu said the tax helps people who would otherwise be displaced, some of whom have lived in the county their whole lives.

— Bay City News Service

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Birdland
on Aug 3, 2020 at 8:29 am
[email protected], Birdland
on Aug 3, 2020 at 8:29 am
42 people like this

Here comes the tidal wave of government officials in California with their hands out. Two cents here, five cents there. Anybody guess what we will level out to in the Bay Area: 11.25% maybe? And that is just local government, wait for Gavin to start going after our properties, car registration, gas, utilities, and more. The same mantra gets played time and time again and there is never any improvement. Can’t wait to see what they will give BART.

The sky is the limit, and I fear they will manufacture, harvest, and fraudulently get the votes.


D Suk
Stoneridge
on Aug 3, 2020 at 9:01 am
D Suk, Stoneridge
on Aug 3, 2020 at 9:01 am
16 people like this

I thought a half-percent sales tax just recently passed in Alameda Co (last Nov)? Is this one on top of that?


James Michael
Val Vista
on Aug 3, 2020 at 9:37 am
James Michael, Val Vista
on Aug 3, 2020 at 9:37 am
31 people like this

..."and I fear they will manufacture, harvest, and fraudulently get the votes." Of course they will. Remember its not voting that matters its WHO COUNTS THE VOTES.
So now instead of going to Costco in Livermore at 9.75% tax people will go to Danville Costco 8.25% tax.
I can't wait for Newscum to raise the state sales tax from 7.25% to 8.00% or higher because of the virus. Wait for the air and water use tax.


Nicki
Jensen Tract
on Aug 3, 2020 at 9:59 am
Nicki, Jensen Tract
on Aug 3, 2020 at 9:59 am
26 people like this

The political leaders of this area, this country, this state are all Democrats..and can you see their main political position? RAISE TAXES, RAISE TAXES, RAISE TAXES.
The Democratic party has changed and NOT for the better in the last few years.
Wake up, and vote these rascals out before things get even worse.


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 3, 2020 at 3:48 pm
12 people like this

Seems like we pay a new tax for these same things every election cycle.

Nope. Time for the politicians to start funding projects from their campaign funds - hey, its just a couple percent on your PAC, SuperPAC, and campaign kitty....all for a good cause(s) too.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 4, 2020 at 6:21 pm
14 people like this

If it moves, Tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Aug 5, 2020 at 9:17 am
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2020 at 9:17 am
21 people like this

My sister in Contra Costa County says that they are proposing a sales tax hike there too, well that figures (but it will still be less than Alameda County). And my cousin in Sacramento says ditto for there. So I'm thinking that it will be happening everywhere in the state. They shut down businesses and deny themselves tax revenue, allow rioters to destroy public buildings and it becomes the taxpayers burden. Remember, Government officials and workers who kept their paychecks while many, many private sector workers lost jobs and businesses now want us to ante up AGAIN.

Please use your brains in the November vote and don't choose Democrat/Communists. How much of what I earned and saved do they think is theirs? Apparently a lot.


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