Petaluma council gives up on sales tax hike

The Petaluma City Council Thursday night dropped a proposal to seek a sales tax increase in the November election.

At least four votes of the seven-member council were needed to direct the city attorney to return Aug. 6 with proposed ballot language for a tax hike the council had been considering for several weeks.

Tiffany Renee, Mike Healy and Chris Albertson wanted to proceed, while Mike Harris, Teresa Barrett and Mayor David Glass opposed moving forward.

Gabe Kearney, who had been on the fence Monday, said he wouldn't support placing the issue before voters and couldn't justify the expense of continuing.

"From discussions I've had with employee groups, there's no support for this out there now," he said.

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