Davis’ Measure O on the June 3 ballot reads: “Shall Ordinance No. 2432, which would authorize the city of Davis to reauthorize and extend the existing half-cent sales and use tax for general government purposes and increase the sales and use tax by an additional half-cent, for a combined one-cent tax, through Dec. 31, 2020, be adopted?”
This is supposed to convey to you that it is two taxes and that it denies you the right to vote on it in 2016. States “a combined one-cent tax,” so one penny. What is one penny? This is false and misleading because they tell you it is “one penny” but they want to dip in your pocket and charge you “1 percent.” It is deliberately conceived with the idea of making it easier to pass. Stop this dishonesty, vote no on Measure O.
Bringing the sales tax in Davis to 8.5 percent would be devastating to Davis businesses. Collapsing business and unemployment is never good for any city.
Expect scare tactics and threats from the City Council to pressure you into voting to approve it. If it passes, expect a third tax in the form of an increase in your mortgage, a new parcel tax in November. This would be No. 5 in Davis in less than three years, between the school board and the City Council. Unless you vote no, it will never end.
You be the judge. Vote no on Measure O.
Jose J. Granda