San Mateo County elections officials assigned a letter to Half Moon Bay’s November sales tax initiative on Thursday. City residents will vote for or against Measure J.
The letter was assigned at random during a curious ceremony in the Tower Road elections offices Thursday morning. Staffers picked Scrabble letters for each measure on the ballot. They used a similar process to determine the order of candidates on the ballot. Some believe there is an advantage to being listed atop the group of candidates in each race.
Measure J asks city residents to assess an extra half-cent in sales tax within city limits. If approved, the measure would push the local sales tax to 8.75 percent – a 6 percent increase in the tax. City officials expect it to raise about $867,000 annually for the three-year life of the tax.
It is one of three sales tax measures on the ballot. San Mateo County and the state of California are also asking voters to improve sales tax hikes.