A Hollister engineer technician in July sought feedback over his work email from City Manager Bill Avera about a campaign-like sign relating to a special sales tax, according to email records obtained by the Free Lance.
A consultant hired by city and county to provide outreach on public services during a push for three separate sales tax increases contended her group does not take part in election advocacy. But the president of a taxpayer watchdog organization bemoaned the activity as “fraught with controversy.”
Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 against an idea to support placing a countywide 1 percent sales tax on the ballot with a tax-sharing agreement among the cities and county.
Although Hollister council members are budgeting for the next fiscal year that starts in July, they have no choice but to look out toward the expiration of the Measure E sales tax in the spring of 2018.
When local property changes ownership from a parent to a child or grandparent to a grandchild, the new property owners can keep the old tax rate for the property rather than having it increased based on the current value of the property. But they do need to file an exemption with the San Benito County assessor’s office and those who miss the deadline will soon be charged a late filing fee.