Editor’s note: There has been little open debate on the merits (or not) of Measure L in Nevada City. Most of what you hear publicly is the City Council’s (and the Nevada City political “machine’s”) support of it. One of the benefits of social media is a more democratic discussion. In that vein, here’s a rationale for opposing it.
I am opposed to the Nevada City sales tax increase (Measure L) for the following reasons:
•If passed, the sales tax would be 8.25%. I am concerned that this would put our local businesses at risk of losing customers to Placer County where the sales tax is 7.25%, 1% is a huge difference. We are encouraged to shop local but this will have the opposite effect in my opinion.
•Nevada City has gone to the well too many times with a similar sales tax increase in 2006 and recent large increases in water rates. The well is dry…and the lawns are brown.
•This tax, in my opinion, should be a special tax with a 2/3 majority needed to pass since 30-40% (depending on the year) will be specifically used for salary increases for 2 top management positions and a new police officer. The city has been less than forthright in stating this fact and has carefully worded the election documents to qualify it as a general tax with 51% needed to pass,
•Bottom line, NC has gone to lengths to deceive the citizens with this tax measure and I will never vote for anything where my tax dollars are used to increase management salaries. Nevada City has generous salaries that could be cut back and some positions that are not needed. That is where the money should come from.
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