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UPDATE: Candidate Says He Was Cut Out of Town Hall Meeting on Measure V, Sales Tax Increase Proposal

Healdsburg ballot measure town hall is Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. at Healdsburg City Hall.

NOTE: This story was updated on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

A Healdsburg City Council candidate says he was denied speaking privileges at a Town Hall Meeting to discuss Measure V, the city's proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot for a half-cent increase in the sales tax.

The Town Hall will be 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Healdsburg City Hall.

Candidate Tim Meinken, who runs a winery in Healdsburg, is the only one of six candidates for three City Council seats opposed to the increase. He said previously he thinks it will be a deterrent to business.

Healdsburg announced the scheduling of the Town Hall event last week, as reported in Patch. But this week, according to the Press Democrat, Meinken said he was denied a speaking slot at the event.

To read the article, click here.

Meinken also is speaking out in opposition to the city's handling of the loss of redevelopment funds.

If approved by voters, Measure V would increase city sales taxes from their current 8 percent to 8.5 percent.

City leaders say the additional revenue is crucial to maintain city services. Both Mayor Gary Plass and who are both running for re-election, said at the recent candidates forum that they support the increase.

Council candidates Shaun McCaffery and Dennis Brown have also said they also support the sales tax increase, which they said would mostly be paid by tourists who shop or dine in Healdsburg.

Plass and City Councilman Jim Wood stated the case in favor of Measure V in an op-ed in the Press Democrat last week. To read the op-ed, click here.

What do you think? Come to the Town Hall or post a comment below.

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Gary Goss October 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM
This comes along after a fair number of people have already voted.
Tom October 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It is time our city council stepped up to the plate and made the "tough" decisions. The taxpayers should not be the ones to bail them out due to their lack of fiscal ability. This amounts to nothing more than tax extortion because they have made it clear that if this measure doesn't pass then they will cut public safety. So in other word either pass this measure or will we not protect you. It is a good thing the second amendment is still intact.
Ann Carranza October 21, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I've sat through many a city council meeting over the last few years watching and listening to the concerted efforts of our council to successfully cut the budget. I've learned of city employees taking furlough days and enduring other wage cutting efforts. I think they've all done an admirable job. Most of us understand how we've had to cut our budgets to make ends meet, knowing that we are one paycheck away from insolvency. But, I also see the erosion of jobs that pay well and offer benefits and wonder why we are like crabs crawling out of a pail. Instead of helping each other rise to the top, we want to bring everyone back down to lower levels. Each is guilty of adding to the erosion the middle class. I love living in Healdsburg, we have a truly unique and precious little city. I value the services of our public servants and I think our firefighters, police officers and city workers (from office to electrical to sewer to roads) deserve to be paid well. Join me in voting Yes on Measure V because it's the best thing for our city.
Mike Mahoney October 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I, like many live near but outside of Healdsburg, shop and do most of my business in town but can not vote for this measure or council members. This issue of taxation without representation is unfair and will lead to further fragmentation of services and fiscal liabilities. Because like the poor tourist we have no say on how these moneys are spent,my solution would be to petition the state,federal or world banking system for a complete revamping of the terminally exploitative status-quo, that is making debt slaves of us all. Or we can shove another finger in the dyke and call in measure "V". A yes vote just puts off the inevitable choice that we will eventually have to make between complete government control and it's insane public services or anarchy and a return to local control of our lives.
Jennifer McMullen October 25, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I understand that Council feels this is the best alternative to maintain city services and they have worked hard to keep Healdsburg fiscally sound. In general, I am not entirely against a sales tax increase. However, I do feel a .5% is too big of a jump, and that 10 years is too long.
Tom October 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Get ready for voodoo accounting at its best. They say they are not bias and are having this meeting just before the election to "inform" people of what the measure says and how it will impact the city budget. The city council must think that Healdsburg citizens are gullible. I guess the election will tell.
Dennis Brown October 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I believe the previous city council has worked hard to reduce the budget excess during their tenure as any of us when we have cut our excess in our personal budgets due to shortfall in take home pay. But the city needed to create new revenues to continue to pay our public services bills. Measure V is seeking to create supplement revenues to cover the public services for the citizens within the city and all those who enjoy coming here. Public services of any city benefits all those we come to that city and should be bared beyond the residents of the city alone I agree the sale tax should not have been set for 10 years on tax payers, as our local and state economy could improve as quickly as it decline. I would have preferred the sale tax to be a rolling ballot approval of the citizen in increments of 3-5 years so the citizens could approve the continuation of sale tax to help cover public services and city projects against the budget needs. The increase of Healdsburg’s sale tax does not place it beyond already increased sale taxes in cities around Sonoma County or the nation’s cities. Our city council action are open to the all citizens to review and ensure the sale tax are used appropriately, if not than come next election in Healdsburg citizens need to shop for new city council members.

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