LWVA takes neutral position on Measure F

Editor: 
Measure F will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Approval of this measure will add a one-half percent sales tax to purchases made within the city. Based on current expenses, the city anticipates it will be in a deficit situation without greater revenue. 

The League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) understands the city’s need for increased funds, but, after careful consideration, LWVA has taken a neutral position on this measure and neither supports nor opposes it. 

These are some of the reasons for this: 

  • Historically, LWVA has supported measures to ensure revenues that are both sufficient and flexible to meet changing needs for local government services. The LWVA has also supported revenues that are equitable and fairly shared among taxpayers. 
  • Sales taxes, by their very nature, are regressive and not fairly shared by all. 
  • Measure F has no sunset provision, which means that it would continue indefinitely and only terminate by another ballot vote. 
  • A statewide ballot measure in 2020, Schools and Communities First, will, if approved, revise parts of Proposition 13 (Jarvis Gann) and provide local jurisdictions with increased, progressive revenue.

Because there is no consensus among its members, LWVA is not taking a position either for or against this measure.

 

Georgia Gates Derr President, LWVA