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Petaluma tax vote up to 4 City Council members

The decision to place a sales tax increase on the November ballot in Petaluma rests in the hands of four City Council members after three others declared their opposition to it Monday night.

For different reasons, Mike Harris, Teresa Barrett and Mayor David Glass all said they would not support an increase to Petaluma's 8 percent sales tax rate this fall.

Tiffany Renee, Mike Healy and Chris Albertson said they would support a general tax measure, while Gabe Kearney said he personally supports a tax hike but doesn't think the community will vote for it.

Formal wording on a potential ballot measure — and whether it should be for a quarter cent or half cent and for how many years — will return for council action on Aug. 6, the final meeting before the deadline to include items in the November election.

Healy, who commissioned a poll that he said showed 68 percent of the community supported a half-percentage-point, eight-year, general-purpose tax, said he was "not really feeling the love out there right now" for a tax hike.


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