Like a zombie, County sales tax is dead…for now

The good news:  County Supervisors have decided against placing a countywide sales tax on the November 2014 ballot, due to lack of public support. (See: Powerpoint_Presentation_Poll_on_Sales_Tax (1) )

The bad news:  Supervisors continue to seek state legislation to allow Contra Costa to adopt a countywide half-cent sales tax in excess of the state maximum tax rate.

The takeaway:  Will Rogers said, “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

The same might be said for our county supervisors. Given Contra Costa’s spending habits, a countywide sales tax proposal on a future ballot may be inevitable.