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Tax special!

Submitted by on 1, November 4, 2008 – 9:00 amNo Comment

You know, one other thing we’ll be keeping an eye on will be the collection of local special tax elections happening across Alameda County.

Dublin, Livermore and Oakland have got school parcel tax measures on the ballot this go-round; interestingly enough, all of those are uniform taxes (eg, the same amount of tax for both residential and commercial property). None of them attracted opposing statements in the ballot book.

No fewer than seven of the 13 cities in Alameda County have special taxes on the ballot; several of them are parcel taxes for public safety which, as far as we can tell, will charge different tax rates for those services. (Albany, like us, has a measure to increase its property transfer tax; Fremont’s measure would increase the hotel tax.)

We’ll be watching these measures too, with an eye toward the implications their passage or failure could have on those cities’ budgets and toward any potential lawsuits a la Measure H.

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