San Mateo County voters in the November election approved Measure A, a half-cent sales tax that goes into effect April 1.
The County government is now reaching out to its voters asking for feedback on which critical needs and services the funds should be spent on, online.
Recently, tempers have flared over the idea that Measure A should be called the "jail tax," and that a significant portion could be spent on the new Redwood City jail.
County Manager John Maltbie and the rest of the local governing bodies now say they would love to hear from locals through the website www.SMCSPEAKOUT.com, a virtual town hall where information about Measure A is abundant, and where locals can provide your opinions.
What’s on your list? Some suggestions that have been made:
- Improving public safety
- Providing health care for the county's most vulnerable residents
- After-school literacy programs
- More accessible parks
- Safe routes to schools
These are a handful of examples that have been tossed around as of late, for how Measure A funds could be invested in San Mateo County communities.
Log on to www.SMCSPEAKOUT.com and tell the County government your priorities. Maltbie said he looks forward to presenting submitted ideas to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting.
What are your suggestions and priorities? Tell us in the comments below.
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