Oakland Council Makes Right Choice

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p>The Oakland City Council made the right choice yesterday, tabling a wrongheaded ballot measure plan that sought to raise property taxes during a recession. A council committee, however, pushed forward with a plan to raise hotel-room taxes by 3 percent. Although the hotel tax is less objectionable than the property tax measure, we still think the council needs to further slash its bureacracy, starting with overinflated employee salaries. The council also smartly moved forward with a plan to roll back Measure OO.

The Oakland City Council made the right choice yesterday, tabling a wrongheaded ballot measure plan that sought to raise property taxes during a recession. A council committee, however, pushed forward with a plan to raise hotel-room taxes by 3 percent. Although the hotel tax is less objectionable than the property tax measure, we still think the council needs to further slash its bureacracy, starting with overinflated employee salaries. The council also smartly moved forward with a plan to roll back Measure OO.

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