Petaluma City Council considers possible tax measure

Maybe the third time will be the charm for Petaluma residents.

In the past 10 years, voters have defeated two proposed tax increases, but city leaders are considering possibly trying a third measure, likely for the November 2014 ballot.

At Monday's council meeting, the issue will be discussed, including whether to spend as much as $290,000 for polling, a campaign and election costs.

The details are open — what kind of tax, how much, for what purpose and for how long.

For now, City Manager John Brown said the discussion should be limited to whether the council should survey residents to determine their tolerance for any tax, and if so, what kind of measure might stand the greatest chance of approval.

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