Santa Clara County voters may face tax question Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Aug 2, 2012 at 11:25 am
Voters in Santa Clara County may be asked to approve a one-eighth-of-a-cent boost in the sales tax this November. The Board of Supervisors Wednesday voted 4-1 to place the tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot.
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Posted by Neal, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm
A staff report said ..."we may no longer enjoy robust growth in property tax revenues that have sustained county programs over the last 30 years." This report should put to rest the tired argument that Prop 13 is the source of our budget problems. It's a spending problem. No new taxes.
Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm
Vote No -- this is an outrageous proposal.
I guess instead of doing their jobs, being productive on behalf of the country, they (supervisors/their staff)sit around figuring out how to get more money out of us taxpayers. I am unimpressed with this county. There is nothing more important than good management and strong accountability, and constantly working angles to get more out of us in whatever fashion (fees, etc.) is not the way to go.
Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online, on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm Tyler Hanley is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
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Posted by Taxpayer, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, 4 hours ago:
No no no no no.
Not while we're still paying a bloated bureaucracy ungodly retirement and benefit packages.
Fix the waste and the excessive spending before having the gall to ask the taxpayers to put more in the trough.
And with regard to Liz Kniss the career politician's Palo Alto city council bid: ABSOLUTELY NOT. Palo Alto can't afford this bureaucrat.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, 3 hours ago:
Progressively up the rates and the number of tax margins at the high end to increase revenue, quit dumping the tax liabilities on the people who did not cause the problem and in any case cannot afford to pay more taxes.
Posted by Stan Hutchings, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm
The government is taxing me to poverty!
Retired, only Social Security and Pension, plus 401k retirement savings and I pay 11% Federal, 6% State, 7% property tax,
and already 8.375% sales tax, adds up to about one-third of my money is gone before I even get a chance to start spending it! How can they possibly expect I'll vote for more? Including the State tax increase proposed by Jerry "HSR" Brown.
Posted by Sigh..., a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm
"Retired, only Social Security and Pension, plus 401k retirement savings and I pay 11% Federal, 6% State, 7% property tax,
and already 8.375% sales tax, adds up to about one-third of my money is gone before I even get a chance to start spending it! "
No, it doesn't. You can't add up the percentages like that. Federal and state taxes apply to your income. Property tax applies to the assessed value of your property. And sales tax applies to most, but not all, of your purchases.
Posted by common sense, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm
Here's the county budget expenditures:
FY 2011: $3,977,648,957
FY 2012: $4,004,544,280 (increase of $27 million)
FY 2013 proposed: $4,147,488,473 (increase of $143 million)
Notice the wording in the article "10 years of substantial budget GAPS" - in other words, the county has budget has been growing, but our county supervisors (LIZ KNISS) has been wanting to spend more than the budget has been growing.
Do we need this same sort of fiscal management in Palo Alto, with LIZ KNISS running for city council? She'll want to spend more than the budget is growing if history is any indication.
Posted by Tax This, a resident of the Palo Alto Hills neighborhood, on Aug 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors ignorantly sell a tax hike by saying they have no specific reason for the tax hike, they just want more money! What great visionaries! While the Supervisors spend our limited tax money on projects such as the gift to the 49ers stadium to install tv screens in the back of stadium seats, Liz Kniss's continued attempts to fund a pedestrian bridge over 101 in Palo Alto 1/4 mile away from an existing pedestrian bridge, charging residents of Santa Clara County $80 a year to use their library, etc.,etc. they in turn ask taxpayers to continue the Board's misuse of funds. Their problem is not a revenue problem, it's a spending problem. Their continuance of ignorantly spending taxpayer funds and running deficit budgets are a ticking time bomb and their fiscal ignorance is unsustainable causing ballooning and skyrocketing deficits. Taxpayers can no longer continue to bailout The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors fiscal stupidity.
Posted by Bill Hough, a resident of another community, on Aug 9, 2012 at 8:44 am
Imagine my shock to read on your website that the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors want to jack up out sales tax yet again. These days, every ballot contains a tax increase proposal. Didn’t we just approve a BART tax and a vehicle registration fee? When will it end?
For all practical purposes, we’re still in a recession. Despite this, governments at all levels refuse to cut spending as evidenced by Governor Brown’s determination to issue high speed rail bonds that we can’t afford to pay back. Despite this, the governor wants voters to agree to raise state taxes in November. Now the county is piling on in the effort to increase our already excessive taxes.
In this miserable economic climate, it is offensive for the County to propose piling on the tax burden. Vote “NO” an all tax increases this November. I will campaign and vote against it and encourage others to do likewise.