SLO Council candidates differ on tax measure
September 24, 2014
Of the eight candidates vying for a seat on the city council, five said they are in favor of continuing a half-percent sales tax for another eight years during a forum hosted by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.
Previously known as Measure Y, San Luis Obispo’s half-cent sales tax has taken on the name of Measure G in the upcoming November election. If Measure G fails, the tax will expire at the end of March 2015.
Incumbent Jan Marx, Donald Hedrick and Jeffrey Specht are seeking the mayoral seat while incumbent Carlyn Christianson, Gordon Mullin, Mike Clark and Dan Rivoire are vying for two council seats.
During the forum, Marx voiced her support of Measure G while saying that growing the city’s budget is a good thing. Aside from Clark, all candidates for the city council would like to see Measure G passed.
Opponents of Measure G say the city broke its promise to voters and spent the Measure Y money on salaries and pensions rather than on infrastructure projects.
Each of the eight candidates agreed Tuesday that bringing more head-of-household jobs and workforce housing to the city are top priorities.
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