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GUEST OPINION: Measure V needed for health of Healdsburg

This is in response to the Saturday editorial titled ‘Timing is wrong for local sales tax hikes.’ We strongly disagree. Healdsburg’s Measure V is necessary for the ongoing fiscal health of the city.

Petaluma council gives up on sales tax hike

The Petaluma City Council Thursday night dropped a proposal to seek a sales tax increase in the November election. At least four votes of the seven-member council were needed to direct the city attorney to return Aug. 6 with proposed ballot language for a tax hike the council had been considering for several weeks.

Petaluma police union won’t back proposed sales tax increase

The Petaluma police union has come out against a proposed sales tax increase the City Council may place on the November ballot. The council is divided on whether to ask voters to increase the current 8 percent tax by either a quarter- or a half-percent — or whether to seek an increase at all.

Sebastopol places sales tax increase on Nov. ballot

The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday voted uninanimously to put a measure on the November ballot to raise the city’s sales tax to 8.75 percent, which would be the highest in Sonoma County. The proposed half-percent increase would generate about $1 million a year — the equivalent of 20 percent of the current general fund budget — and would expire in eight years.

Petaluma weighs sales, hotel tax hikes

Like many Sonoma County cities over the past several years, Petaluma has dramatically cut spending as revenues slid and costs climbed. City workers make do with reduced supplies, older equipment and fewer coworkers. They have taken pay cuts, given up raises and seen entire departments outsourced. City Councilwoman Tiffany Renee said the time has come to stop simply cutting, cutting, cutting.

Sonoma voters show huge support for Measure J

Sonoma voters gave overwhelming support Tuesday to raising the city’s sales tax by half a percentage point. Supporters of Measure J, which hikes the sales tax from 8 to 8.5 percent, said it would help the city recoup the loss of state redevelopment funds and protect services like pothole repairs and police. The measure was approved by 66.5 percent of voters, while 33.5 percent were opposed. It required a majority vote.

Healdsburg council schedules sales tax hike for November ballot

Healdsburg is joining a growing number of cities looking for a sales tax increase to help salvage their teetering budgets. City Council members on Tuesday agreed to proceed with a November ballot measure that would increase the current 8 percent sales tax by an additional half-percent. If approved, it would generate an estimated $1 million per year in new revenue.

Sebastopol passes budget, broaches tax hike

The Sebastopol City Council broached the subject of seeking a new half-cent sales tax Tuesday, at the same time it gave tentative approval to a $5 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. ‘Nobody wants to jump at a tax, but inevitably we will have to look at that,’ said Mayor Guy Wilson.

Sonoma voters to weigh sales tax measure

It might not seem apparent while strolling Sonoma’s plaza or cruising its leafy side streets that the city of 10,000 is facing a fiscal emergency. But city leaders assert that is the case, hence their rush to put a sales tax measure on the June 5 ballot. If enacted, it would represent the first tax increase in the city in 20 years.

Wysocky, Sawyer spar over Measure P

One of the more spirited exchanges of the Santa Rosa City Council’s recent budget debate centered on whether the Measure P sales tax should be allowed to expire in 2019.

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