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Tax tallies

Submitted by on 1, November 5, 2008 – 10:00 amNo Comment

Somewhere in all yesterday’s madness, we promised you a rundown on local special tax measures, city and otherwise, from beyond Alameda’s shores. Overall, it looks like folks across the Bay Area were willing to spend their tax dollars locally this campaign season.

We tallied a dozen school parcel tax measures on ballots in the nine-county Bay Area, including new taxes and continuations of old ones. Ten of those passed (taxes in San Carlos and in Oakland, where the teachers union opposed the measure, were the ones that failed). We checked, and it looks like every single one of them charged the same amount for commercial and residential property (and we are curious what might have influenced that).

City tax measures were a little more split. Parcel taxes for city and particularly police services split 4-3 across the Bay, with a notable failure of a parcel tax for public safety in San Leandro but passage of a similar measure in Union City.

Our property transfer tax measure hangs in the balance, but it seems likely that Albany’s will fail and San Francisco’s (where the majority of residents are renters) will pass. All four business license tax and hotel tax increases on the ballots passed, two utility users taxes split the ballot (Sebastopol yes, Morgan Hill big, big no) and a sales tax increase for city services in Campbell passed.

So overall, that’s 22 new, increased or continued taxes passed, eight failed, which to us is an indication that a whole lot of people want city and school services to continue at their current level and that they are willing to dig deeper into their pocketbooks to pay for it.

We’ve got more post-election stories coming up.

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