San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Places Sales Tax Extension on Ballot
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today unanimously voted to place on the November ballot an extension of Measure A, the existing half-cent sales tax funding critical local services and infrastructure.
The Board needed a four-fifths majority vote to adopt the resolution that asks voters if Measure A should last 20 years beyond the current 2023 sunset date. The measure needs a simple majority of voters in the Nov. 4, 2016 election to pass.
Voters passed Measure A by 65.4 percent in November 2012 and the tax took effect on April 1, 2013. To date, the tax has raised more than $80 million annually that cannot be taken away by the state.
As a general sales tax proposal, the Measure A extension cannot be imposed for any specific funding purposes. The extension will continue to require an independent citizens committee and annual audits to ensure oversight and accountability.