If you want to take advantage of San Benito County’s low sales tax, you might want to act before the New Year.
So far there’s been no organized opposition to the proposed 1 percent increase of the county’s percent sales tax to 8.25 percent, which would see Hollister’s sales tax rise from 8.25 to 9.25 percent.
Measure G, the county sales tax increase for road improvements, including a widening of Highway 25, is on the Nov. 6 ballot, along with Measure H, a new business license fee.
Both measures have public supporters who have filed arguments in favor of the new taxes.
Several groups came together to author an argument in favor of Measure G.
The committee “Repair our Roads and Reduce Traffic, Yes on G 2018” first filed a statement of organization as a recipient committee in favor of the measure back in 2016. The principal officer of the committee listed on the 2016 forms is Mayor Ignacio Velazquez.
The 2018 statement of organization filings listed the new principal officer as former San Benito County supervisor Margie Barrios.
The argument states: “San Benito County roads are crumbling, and traffic is getting worse every day. Traffic on Highway 25 has more than doubled since the 1990s, and San Benito County has an average road condition well below ‘at risk.’ Our poor pavement condition makes us just one of seven California counties whose roads rank significantly worse than the state average.”
More information on Measure G can be found at http://sbcvote.us/pdf/forms/registrar/2018NovemberElection/PR_G.pdf