Come November, San Mateo County residents will vote whether to increase the sales tax by one-half cent on all retail purchases in the county.
At Tuesday's meeting, the board to place the measure on the ballot, noting that the ten-year tax increase would raise approximately $60 million in revenue for the county’s general fund.
The money would be used to preserve public safety and health care services amidst budget shortfalls, said Supervisor Don Horsely who co-sponsored the measure with Board President Adrienne Tissier.
Supervisor Dave Pine, the one dissenting vote of the five supervisors, said this would hurt local businesses and disproportionately impact low-income residents.
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