Fire/Rescue Sales Tax Status
BREAKING NEWS – The 1 percent sales tax proposal has been pulled from further consideration for the November ballot. Confirmed by county staff, the reason given was problems with the statute that made wording for the ballot measure difficult to craft. Perhaps our patient opposition and public outcry had a positive effect? Thanks to all who participated in saving the taxpayers from a BIG mistake.
See the text of the letter from County Administrator Bob Weisman to Commissioners and staff at nonewsalestax.org
On Tuesday, June 8, the Board of County Commissioners voted 4-3 to continue on to “First Reading” of the ballot initiative for November. In spite of the fact that 33 of 34 speakers were VEHEMENTLY opposed to the measure, Commissioners Marcus, Aaronson, Vana and Santamaria voted to proceed. Commissioner Taylor changed her vote from last time and opposed it. For a blow-by-blow description of the events and who said what, see the featured article at nonewsalestax.org as well as the Post and Sun-Sentinel articles on the subject that are linked from there.
Many members of South Florida 912 came and spoke against the proposal, including Melissa Andrews, Jeanne Barnett, Barry Carson, Tami Donnally, Ed Fulop, Teresa Harrington, Nancy Hogan, Carol Hurst, Michelle Kirk, Mike Lameyer, John Parsons, Fred and Iris Scheibl, Suzanne Squire, and Victoria Thiel.
Sighted in the audience were Early Arlen, Ken Barnett, Doreen Baxter, Claire Jones, Heather Landstrom, Dennis Lipp, Laurie Perry, and Bette Anne Starkey.
Tuesday 6/15/10 – We need to turn out again, in larger numbers (if that is possible 🙂 to once again speak against the proposal. We can expect more speakers on the other side at that meeting as they will try to counter the optics of overwhelming opposition.