Saturday, December 23, 2006

Barrett's sales tax proposal

Mayor Tom Barrett says he wants a new county sales tax, according to the JS, that could be shared among county parks; county buses; city police, fire and public health services; and possibly suburban safety services.

Barrett first made the proposal last summer, and prefers it to an alternative proposal for a 0.5% thee-county sales tax to support transit.

That's what he says, anyway.

Right now, his sales tax proposal sure does not seem to be a top concern for him -- the issue does not rate a single word on the city's legislative agenda for the upcoming session, even though a new sales tax would require state approval.

It may be that neither proposal stands a chance of being adopted, but both are surely doomed if Barrett opposes the three-county tax, but his own proposal doesn't rank among his Administration's legislative priorities.

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