Here’s a handy way to tell which county supervisors believe they need to spend more of your money, and which ones think a tax hike in the current economy and with a federal spending sequester makes utterly no sense: take a quick look at today’s BOCS votes on the advertised tax rates. There’s no amount of spin or mealy-mouthed obfuscation that can conceal how a supervisor actually votes.
First, here’s how the votes went down:
Proposed tax rate of $1.201, an increase of 4%: Motion by Jenkins, 2nd by Principi, Jenkins, Principi, Nohe and Caddigan in favor.
Proposed tax rate of $1.189, an increase of 3%: Motion by May, Second by Principi, Caddigan, May, Nohe, Principi in favor.
Proposed tax rate of $1.154, a flat rate of 0% increase: Motion by Candland, Candland, Stewart and Covington in favor.
Proposed tax rate of $1.195, an increase of 3.5%: Motion by Nohe, Second by Principi, Caddigan, May, Nohe, Principi in favor.
Proposed tax rate of $1.196, an increase of 3.53%: Motion by May, Second by Nohe, Caddigan, Jenkins, May, Nohe, Principi in favor.
So, according to this vote, here are the ranges of tax increases that supervisors support for the county’s advertised tax rate:
|Supervisor||Minimum Acceptable Tax Increase||Maximum Acceptable Tax Increase|
I have to wonder if there is any way to distinguish Supervisors Caddigan and Nohe, both of whom are allegedly Republicans, from Democrats Jenkins and Principi here.
Granted, this is an advertised tax rate, not the actual tax rate that will go into effect. The tax rate will be finalized later in the budget process and cannot exceed the advertised tax rate. Still, this indicates to be who wants to “leave room” in the discussions for spending more of your money right now.
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