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Letter: Measure A money for what?
August 19, 2013, 05:00 AM

Editor,

OK, I want to make sure I have this right. Measure A, the half-cent increase is San Mateo County’s sales tax was passed in November by county voters to bring in an estimated $60 million a year in additional revenue. Despite not having a designated purpose, our officials stated the uses of the money could be for things like child abuse prevention, fire prevention, park operations and to protect county services from budget cuts. All these things seemed like issues we could all get behind and like the good citizens you all are, decided to tax yourselves to pay for them. Full disclosure, I voted against measure A.

Last week we find out that our county supervisors have decided to use $50 million of that money to fund pensions of our county public employees. I don’t recall that being one of the uses you voted for when measure A was passed. Another $10 million of Measure A money will be given to Seton Medical Center, a privately run hospital. Keep in mind the campaign for Measure A was largely funded by the Daughters of Charity Health System who run Seton Medical Center.

So I ask my fellow county voters, if you knew that the lion share of Measure A money was going to pay down the huge unfunded liability of our county’s public employee pension and that the rest is going to a privately run hospital, would you have voted yes on Measure A? Just curious.

Christopher P. Conway

San Mateo

 

 

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