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Palo Alto drops plan for November tax measure

June 29, 2016

by Gennady Sheyner : Palo Alto Weekly – excerpt

City looks to 2017 and beyond for business tax measure to fund transportation improvements

A drive to place a tax measure on the November ballot in Palo Alto screeched to a halt on Monday night, when the City Council agreed that it needs more time to craft the proposal and mollify the opposition.
A drive to place a tax measure on the November ballot in Palo Alto screeched to a halt on Monday night, when the City Council agreed that it needs more time to craft the proposal and mollify the opposition.

At the same time, the council acknowledged by a unanimous vote that a business tax measure will be necessary to solve the city’s worsening traffic problems. To that end, officials agreed to pursue a tax measure for the 2017 — or perhaps even the 2018 — ballot and to form a new committee of stakeholders from the business and residential communities who would help formulate the measure…

Chamber of Commerce CEO Judy Kleinberg pointed out that with a general tax, which requires a simple majority for passage, there is no assurance that the funds “won’t be spent on another project that could be considered a higher priority by a future council.”

She also suggested that placing the measure alongside Santa Clara County’s housing measure and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) transportation-tax measure on the November ballot could potentially doom all three… (more)

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