Eureka's Measure O Extension On Ballot
The Times- Standard reports the Eureka City Council has placed the city's Measure O on the November ballot. That's the half cent sales tax increase passed a while back to cover a shortage in the city's budget.
I wouldn't have a problem with the tax if I thought it was only a one time tax increase, but I'm skeptical. I couldn't see myself voting for it, but thought I might stand aside and let everyone else decide. Then I was made aware that the tax also applies when you make large purchases outside the city. Go to Santa Rosa and buy a car or refrigerator and you have the half cent sales tax from Eureka applied.
That should be illegal. Assuming the other jurisdiction is applying their sales tax, too, that's double taxation. Besides, we shouldn't be slaves to the city we live in. For that reason alone I might well vote No on the extension. They take that provision out, maybe I'll go back to standing aside.
He didn't disagree, but expressed that the situation was under control for now. He also pointed out there wasn't anything the city could legally do at this point regarding pension obligations but try and meet them. True that, but I also feel sweeping it under the rug isn't helping either.
Mike said he didn't see another tax increase in the works if he had any say in it. Problem is, he may not always be there. Never mind government pension obligations will need to be dealt with at the state level, and little is being done in that regard right now.
They wrote, "Talk about asking a group of pigs if they want any slop. These agencies represent the who’s who of funding from the City!". Sounds like an argument made by some right leaning anti- tax groups. Especially strange when you consider some of the organizations they list as the bad guys: The Discovery Museum, Sequoia Park Zoo and the Clark Museum, among others.
Hmmm??? I have to wonder if they'd feel that way if this was the Arcata City Council?
He was fanatical in his support of the extension, ironically pointing to some of the groups the Tuluwat Examiner pointed to as bad guys as examples of where the city could cut expenses. Kinda like both sides using the same argument. The discussion got a bit heated, despite me saying I was most likely to not vote at all on the extension, or so I felt at the time.
He kept coming back to saying he didn't want to go back to those dark days when Eureka residents had to mail in crime reports, as opposed to having someone from the police department come out and do it for them. I didn't think of it at the time, but is that really such a bad thing? Maybe we should all fill out our own crime reports unless it's something really serious?
I expect he was looking to form a committee of people to support the tax extension. We'll likely hear more from him as that campaign develops.