Marina sales tax hike makes the November ballot.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
After weeks of heated bickering, the Marina City Council voted last Wednesday to put a 1 percent sales tax hike on the November ballot. The 4-1 vote, with Frank O'Connell dissenting, reflected a last-minute change of position by Mayor Bruce Delgado.
If approved, the measure would raise the city's sales tax to 9.25 percent, on par with neighboring Seaside's (since the passage of a February 2008 hike), and raise about $1.8 million per year.
The council had already approved a public vote on a second tax measure, which would jack up the hotel tax from 10 to 12 percent and generate about $250,000 per year.
Each measure only needs a simple majority (over 50 percent) to pass and would be in effect for five years.
Also on the ballot: The mayoral race between incumbent Delgado and current councilman Dave McCall; and the two council seats vacated by McCall and retiring councilman Ken Gray. Delgado ally Dave Burnett and former councilwoman Nancy Amadeo have announced their bids for those seats.