Most of us in Madera County support fire and law enforcement and would be willing to contribute something. But increasing our sales tax from 7.75 to 8.75 percent represents a 13% hike.
Also frustrating is Madera County spent $200,000 on a consultant who supposedly conducted a poll showing over 70 percent of county residents would support the Measure L tax. I haven’t found anyone who was contacted. Then comes another $100,000 for the special election.
If approved, this would include big-ticket items such as automobiles because the Department of Motor Vehicles bases the sales tax on your zip code. It could even put Madera County merchants at a disadvantage as local residents shop for goods outside of the unincorporated areas. This proposed tax hike has a 20-year sunset clause. But two decades from now, we will surely be asked to extend the tax because fire stations will close and people will lose their jobs.
A two-thirds vote is required for passage. It won’t happen. My advice is to come back in two years and lower the increase to around .25 to .375 percent.
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Craig Hansen, Madera Ranchos