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Tax Measures Being Considered For The November Ballot In San Jose

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Aerial view of downtown San Jose, California. (Helene Labriet-Gross/AFP/Getty Images)

Aerial view of downtown San Jose, California. (Helene Labriet-Gross/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The city of San Jose is looking at ways of increasing revenues, and a number of tax measures are being considered for the November ballot.

A poll will be conducted in the next month to see how residents feel about a quarter-cent increase in the sales tax.

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“We’re restoring services for the third year in a row. Our budgets are stable after ten years of cutting services to balance the budget,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “For three years now, we’ve been able to have relatively modest service improvements. But if we want to restore services significantly, we do need some additional revenues.”

One idea being bandied about is to increase the present 10 percent medical marijuana shop tax. Dave Hodges, founder of the All American Cannabis Club, wasn’t happy to hear that.

“Quite frankly, I think that’s outrageous. What we’re talking about is medicine and taxing sick people,” Hodges said. “It’s very inappropriate.”

The San Jose City Council will decide in early August on whether to put a tax measure on the November ballot.

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