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Feasibility of countywide sales tax measure being studied

Supervisors looking at half-cent general sales tax for Nov. 3 ballot

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 on polling to help determine whether voters would approve a half-cent general countywide sales tax measure if it is on the November election ballot.

The idea of a general services sales tax ballot measure has been under discussion since December as a way to raise money to fund county services including Health and Emergency Services, Safety Net Services, Housing and Early Childhood Services. Supervisors John Gioia and Karen Mitchoff are heading up a working group leading the effort.

Gioia said Tuesday that Contra Costa is the only Bay Area county that doesn't have a sales tax that supports county services.

Mariana Moore of the poverty-fighting group Ensuring Opportunity Campaign, and a member of the sales tax working group, told the supervisors Tuesday that the need for a sales tax has gotten more critical, with the county's finances stretched by the COVID-19 pandemic and expenses associated with medical treatment costs and tax revenue losses.

Helping Contra Costa County in this effort is a provision of State Senate Bill 1349, drafted by Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), that would authorize the county to impose a transactions and use tax of up to a half-cent "for general or specific purposes to support countywide programs."

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Gioia said the working group has already completed a "needs assessment" for a potential sales tax, but wants more polling information before deciding whether to recommend a measure be placed on November's ballot.

Lucia Del Puppo, with the FM3 research firm that will do the polling, said the poll will be off 600 likely Contra Costa County voters. The polling could begin early next week, said Josh Anijar of the Contra Costa Central Labor Council, a member of the sales tax working group. The results, he said, could be ready a week later.

The Board of Supervisors would have to make a decision on the measure by early August to get it on the November ballot.

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Feasibility of countywide sales tax measure being studied

Supervisors looking at half-cent general sales tax for Nov. 3 ballot

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 7:15 pm

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 on polling to help determine whether voters would approve a half-cent general countywide sales tax measure if it is on the November election ballot.

The idea of a general services sales tax ballot measure has been under discussion since December as a way to raise money to fund county services including Health and Emergency Services, Safety Net Services, Housing and Early Childhood Services. Supervisors John Gioia and Karen Mitchoff are heading up a working group leading the effort.

Gioia said Tuesday that Contra Costa is the only Bay Area county that doesn't have a sales tax that supports county services.

Mariana Moore of the poverty-fighting group Ensuring Opportunity Campaign, and a member of the sales tax working group, told the supervisors Tuesday that the need for a sales tax has gotten more critical, with the county's finances stretched by the COVID-19 pandemic and expenses associated with medical treatment costs and tax revenue losses.

Helping Contra Costa County in this effort is a provision of State Senate Bill 1349, drafted by Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), that would authorize the county to impose a transactions and use tax of up to a half-cent "for general or specific purposes to support countywide programs."

Gioia said the working group has already completed a "needs assessment" for a potential sales tax, but wants more polling information before deciding whether to recommend a measure be placed on November's ballot.

Lucia Del Puppo, with the FM3 research firm that will do the polling, said the poll will be off 600 likely Contra Costa County voters. The polling could begin early next week, said Josh Anijar of the Contra Costa Central Labor Council, a member of the sales tax working group. The results, he said, could be ready a week later.

The Board of Supervisors would have to make a decision on the measure by early August to get it on the November ballot.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Gale Ranch Watchdog
San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2020 at 2:46 am
Gale Ranch Watchdog, San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2020 at 2:46 am
12 people like this

Senator Steve Glazer has betrayed his own "Governing Principles" that he touted in the 2016 official voter booklet. He promised voters to "hold the line on taxes" but his SB 1349 mentioned in this article is easily the biggest tax increase legislation in Contra Costa County history! I looked up the legislature's committee report on Glazer's SB 1349. Web Link# It says Glazer's legislation could result in a sales tax rate of 12.25% in part of Contra Costa County and above 11% throughout the county. Thanks to Glazer, Contra Costa could pay the highest sales tax rates in California! Glazer used fiscal conservatives to get himself elected and now he is callously discarding us. Glazer betrays his own "governing principles." Glazer has lost my trust. Anyone want to start a Recall movement against Glazer?


J.J.
Danville
on Jun 22, 2020 at 8:09 am
J.J., Danville
on Jun 22, 2020 at 8:09 am
14 people like this

Have no shame?
So many people are hurting during this pandemic, and you want to raise our taxes? Disgusted that the only solutions for our elected official is to milk us for more money.
The answer is a flat out NO!
Learn to live within your means, thats what you expect us to do.


No Way
San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:29 am
No Way, San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:29 am
10 people like this

I agree with WatchDog and J.J. NO increase in the Sales Tax rate! We do not need to join those counties that have a higher rate than CC.

BTW: I read that our SRVSD is going to pay new Superintendent over one Million $'s for a 3 year contract! WOW!


Ticked Off
Danville
on Jun 23, 2020 at 12:15 am
Ticked Off, Danville
on Jun 23, 2020 at 12:15 am
9 people like this

No way on any type of tax increase. Existing tax rates are too high and there is no accountability on how my tax dollars are being used.


Median Joe
San Ramon
on Jun 23, 2020 at 7:08 am
Median Joe, San Ramon
on Jun 23, 2020 at 7:08 am
3 people like this

A half cent here, a half cent there, pretty soon you're talking about a penny.


Kjgamble
San Ramon
on Jul 1, 2020 at 6:18 am
Kjgamble, San Ramon
on Jul 1, 2020 at 6:18 am
8 people like this

Hella dumb. Spending money to find out if we want more taxes? Good lord. I can save you the money.... NO MORE TAXES!! People are exiting this state so fast. Keep it up and pretty soon nobody will be here to pay.


Jimbo
San Ramon
on Jul 1, 2020 at 6:38 am
Jimbo, San Ramon
on Jul 1, 2020 at 6:38 am
8 people like this

The state has been run by democrats for the past 50 years and they've run it into the ground.


Concerned Taxpayer
San Ramon
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:35 pm
Concerned Taxpayer, San Ramon
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:35 pm
4 people like this

Same old play book that these county supervisors use every time to try to justify a sales tax increase.
They won't tell you that the increase is actually going to pay for the unfunded pension debt payments.
Time to reform the pensions is what is needed.
Vote NO on any tax increase. Taxed enough already.


Danville
Danville
on Jul 4, 2020 at 8:50 am
Danville, Danville
on Jul 4, 2020 at 8:50 am
2 people like this

Our County Board of Supervisors is so ignorant and uninformed that they feel the need to spend $10,000 of OUR tax money to hire outside people to determine if we want a tax increase! Time for all of them to be replaced by people who have enough common sense to know that when the economy is suffering due to the pandemic that is the worst time to raise taxes. This is like BART executives realizing their ridership is down so they decide to raise prices. Imagine you run a mom and pop restaurant and your sales are down-would you decide to raise prices to get more customers in the door? Of course not! This is why most idiots go into politics: they can not make it in the private sector, so they need a job where there is no competition, no free market, and their incompetency does not drive them out of business, in fact they vote themselves a pay raise!


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