January 15, 2013

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Talk Money

NOVEMBER'S BALLOT contained a half-cent sales tax increase and the voters approved that measure. The result is about $60 million a year in new tax revenue.

Today the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will begin discussing just how to divvy up that new revenue.

In a report to the Board, County Manger John Maltbie offered a menu of spending suggestions such as paying down existing debt and liabilities, funding capital improvements, financing the new jail, buying a new payroll system, keeping county parks open or supporting services and programs for children.

Each Board member has given some initial ideas on how the money should be used. But today's Board meeting will allow members of the public to express their ideas for using the new revenue.

What are your ideas? How should the county use the approximately $60 million a year in new tax revenue?