Supervisor Simitian cast a deciding vote against putting a measure on the November 2018 ballot to raise the County’s sales tax by a half cent. His vote against the measure was made for two reasons: the County budget had increased to a much greater extent than the County population did during the previous five years; and, the burden on taxpayers was regressive, impacting lower income residents the hardest. Additionally, Measure B for transportation projects had just been approved, as well as a twelve cent per gallon gas tax.
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A tax that never happened – Simitian said he couldn't justify it to the voters