Measure P, as a reminder for those who have not voted yet, is the hike in the real estate transfer tax in order to help fund services in Alameda. Before we get into talk about mavericks and lone dissenters again, ALL the City Council members voted to put the real estate transfer tax on the ballot.
As mentioned in passing, the “No on P” campaign has raised the most money, largely through the state Realtors Association PAC and have spent a healthy chunk of change to defeat this Measure as evidenced by all the lawn signs cropping up around the City. (signs don’t vote!) Stop, Drop, and Roll (SDR) has covered a bit of the No on P funding here and here.
My initial reaction to Measure P was to vote “no” on it. After all, while I consider City Services to be vital, I didn’t think it was necessarily fair to have such a small segment of the population pay for services to benefit the vast majority of Alamedans. After all, if Alamedans felt as though police, fire, etc… services were important then they would agree to pony up to make up for the budget shortfalls. Actually, as recently as last week I had decided that I was going to vote no on P, until last week’s City Council meeting where everything was sort of laid out about what would be at stake if the City doesn’t have the additional funding that Measure P could provide. As much as I like equity in all things tax related, I like services a lot more and this was definitely a tough philosophical battle for me.