County to pursue 1 percent tax in November 2016

Signs point the way to the polling places at Ladd Lane School in this file photo.

As expected, San Benito County supervisors this week agreed to pursue a 1 percent sales tax in unincorporated areas on the November ballot.
Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday in favor of the 1 percent option for the November ballot. Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz opposed it, indicating he wanted to see surveying of the public before moving ahead on specific options.
The City of Hollister and Council of San Benito County Governments are considering their own, separate tax measures for upcoming ballots.
The county could’ve chosen the June or November ballot. November will give officials more time to plan, with a June 12 filing deadline as opposed to a March 11 requirement for the primary election.
Officials briefly discussed a potential sunset to the prospective tax, with a five- to 10-year period mentioned.

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