Read My Municipal Code, No New Taxes

Officials so excitedly worked up over more taxes they failed in the written exam.Berryman political cartoon on income tax vs sales_tax June 33

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration was going over the paperwork for P.G.’s approved ballot measure, officials noticed an error. Following the election, the Pacific Grove City Council — instead of approving a resolution supporting voters’ decision to increase the sales tax — inadvertently supported a resolution to increase the city’s “uniform sales and use tax” — a different type of tax.

The two separate tax categories, represented by numbers, are differentiated by just one digit in the city’s Municipal Code, and nobody noticed that the resolution referred to the incorrect category.

After the tax agency informed P.G. of the blunder, the city council tried to fix it by repealing and replacing the bungled resolution. But that didn’t satisfy the state. On Jan. 28, officials told Pacific Grove that because of the error, it would not honor Measure L and would not collect the increased sales tax on the city’s behalf.

Read My Municipal Code, No New Taxes