One-Cent Tax or 1%?

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We are filling out our ballots. On the ballot it says “Shall the City of Santa Barbara enact a one-cent sales tax...” Seems like it should read one percent. Was this a typo or done on purpose? Seems like it could be used in a lawsuit to stop implementation if it passes. The accompanying booklet says “The Measure would increase the City’s sales and use tax by 1%”

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oops Nov 07, 2017 10:44 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

This money will be squandered too. Just another increase to fund rich and unjust salaries & pension packages. There will be no benefit to the general public as usual.

AwakeintheMatrix Nov 07, 2017 10:07 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

I vote no to that nonsense- especially when you have palmentary explaining that the reason for this is that the police station is old and they want to update it and SBPD needs about 60 million dollars to do so -my response to that is *Bleep* you!

CivilEngineer Nov 07, 2017 09:41 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

What I really thought was too much about this measure was the support from the police and fire unions because they want to make sure the City has the funds to pay their salaries and astronomical pension costs. I will be amazed if Hotchkiss gets elected as he has come out against the tax even though he wants to add cops to the force. Wonder where that money will come from?

Car Guy Nov 07, 2017 08:50 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

There is no sunset clause, so it goes on forever. I voted NO!

RHS Nov 07, 2017 08:49 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

Silly stuff--this cavil. The question is worded exactly right--Shall THE CITY impose a one cent sales tax. Sales tax is imposed also by the STATE. This ballot does not speak to that. If folks are confused by this simple idea then maybe our populace has degraded into an electorate too dumb to vote at all. (An idea to which I do not ascribe, by the way.)

hikerdude Nov 07, 2017 08:06 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

It is really a 13% increase in the sales tax from 7.75 to 8.75. That is huge additional burden on low income families. Very deceiving. Not needed. Vote NO.

jqb Nov 07, 2017 02:55 PM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

Learn math. It's an increase by 1% of the tax on the item purchased. If someone had been offering a 1% discount and then upped it to 2%, it would be fraudulent to claim that it was a 100% discount because it doubled the discount ... it's an increase of the discount by 1%.

a-1539778089 Nov 06, 2017 09:40 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

One-cent on every dollar, which is the same as 1%. I agree it is poor wording, they should stick to percentages only. "One-cent" is misleading. I'm voting NO

a-1539778089 Nov 06, 2017 09:32 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

It's 1%... a huge jump opposed to one cent. I agree, people should vote No since there is no expiration on this increase (it will only get bigger) and there's no accountability of who is spending the money and where it should go. Meaning all of this money could go towards pay increases of local politicians. VOTE NO

REX OF SB Nov 06, 2017 09:18 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

I'd certainly hope that this erroneous wording WOULD be the basis for a legal challenge if this totally deceptive measure passes. VOTE NO ON MEASURE C. It is not what it purports to be. The money generated from it would go into the general fund, where it could be spent on anything.

a-1539778089 Nov 06, 2017 09:44 AM
One-Cent Tax or 1%?

Great point about potential legal challenge. IMO the City should pull this from the ballot just in case it passes, it is an extremely poor choice of wording!!

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