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Kelley questions sales tax language, pulls item for discussion

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014

ATASCADERO — At a meeting of the Atascadero City Council last Tuesday, council member Bob Kelley requested that the second reading of an ordinance that would approve a new sales tax in the city — if it is approved by voters in November — be pulled from the council’s consent agenda and expressed concern about the language in the ordinance.

“I’ve had some difficulty with this because one of my standpoints was no taxes and no new fees,” Kelley said. “I’ll make the sacrifice to pay the taxes for the roads — my problem is that nowhere in what we’ve put together is there a guarantee that the money would go there.”

Kelley specifically objected to one phrase in the language of the ordinance, which says that funds raised though the sales tax increase would pay for the repair and maintenance of city roads along with “other vital city needs”. Kelley says that the language is too broad and fears that future council members could end up using the funds that were meant for roads for other purposes.

“That just kind of opens it up,” he said. “I hope that between now and then the city council can come up with some kind of paperwork or pledge between us that this money will be spend on roads. I think that we need to guarantee that this money is going to go to the roads and we need to gain the confidence of the people.”

For the complete article see the 07-16-2014 issue.

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