I received a call last night from a survey company regarding a new proposed sales tax increase that the Contra Costa Transportation Commission is considering for an upcoming ballet. Everyone should know that one half of a cent sales tax already goes to the CCTC. They want to double it. The caller asked if I would support a new additional one half a cent on top of the already received one until 2039. I told the caller that I already pay one half percent and taxes on each gallon of gasoline are over fifty cents on top of that. I said I would rather spend the other added half penny sales tax to assist our fire districts.
Since I already voted yes for the original half cent I want to propose to everyone in Contra Costa County a solution to help all county our fire district by adding the other half a penny to them. I would vote yes in a heartbeat for the half cent it to go to our Fire delivery services in Contra Costa. As everyone has heard one way or another that the fire districts in this county are having serious financial problems. It also appears that parcel tax measures are not popular and have and will fail. However, consider a half cent sales tax measure county wide for fire delivery services.
If all the fire chiefs in Contra Costa got together to support a county wide solution along with every citizen and visitor to Contra Costa County , we could solve this issue with a halfpenny sales tax.
I would be willing to pay one half of one penny on sales tax because along with everyone else it would create about seventy five million dollars for our fire districts throughout the county. So contact your representatives, politicians, mayors, and let’s get this critically important Fire Suppression and EMT/Paramedic delivery under control.
John A Gonzales