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Albany Sales Tax Increase Kicks In April 1

Local businesses will collect a 9.5 percent sales tax — a half-center increase — starting next month.

The sales tax in Albany will rise by a half-cent, to 9.5 percent, on April 1.

Albany votes approved the increase in the Nov. 6, 2012 election. Measure F, the sales tax increase, was approved by 79.88 percent of the voters, acording to final results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

The increase lasts for eight years. It is expected to generate about $600,000 a year in additional revenue for the city.

Measure F funds will be used to maintain city services and operations, including maintaining police and fire services, along with recreational, senior and youth programs. The Albany City Council voted in July 2012 to place the tax increase on the November ballot.

You may read more about the tax increase in "City Council Moves Forward With Sales Tax Proposal."

Were you among the nearly 80 percent of Albany voters who approved the increase? Do you still think it's a good idea? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Suzanne Stroh March 23, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I was among those who voted for the tax increase. I would like to see the City regularly make available information that shows both how it is spending the increased $600K per year and the savings they will be making through process improvements, re-engineering, and generally operating more efficiently.
alice gaxiola March 23, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I would also like to see that information in a highly publicized easy to access site.
Stephanie Travis March 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I think requesting this data is an excellent idea, however, if you want your request to have some standing, I suggest you make it officially at a City Council meeting. There is no requirement that members of the City Council respond, or even read, comments made in Patch.
tr March 23, 2013 at 11:50 PM
that ship sailed when it passed. blind faith is what u r left with.
Stewart Gooderman March 24, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I was against the sales tax, voted against it. It's a regressive tax and puts a greater burden on the poor. And it won't go away, because after 8 years it will either be extended or replaced by something else since by that time, it will become a matter-of-fact item.

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