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Why the Seaside Utility Tax was never voter-approve?

The city of Seaside gets it wrong


In 2002, the city-sponsored utility tax failed -- Measure T. It needed a super-majority vote, but got a little over 56%. However, the city argues that it was still voter approve because the measure to repeal 3 percent of the 6 percent utility tax also failed. Measure S only got 47 percent of the vote. But city officials are saying that because 53 percent of the voters voted to keep it, it was approved. But all special taxes, including this utility tax, needs a super-majority vote to be considered voter approved. Again, this was not the case. No super-majority vote was ever achieved for this tax. Comments?


Last Updated: Aug 19, 08

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