SLO names advisory board for renewal of sales-tax increase

10-person committee selected from 15 applicants will help shape effort to renew a half-cent sales tax increase voters approved in ’06

acornejo@thetribunenews.comSeptember 5, 2013 

The San Luis Obispo City Council this week named the 10-member advisory body that will help shape the effort to renew an added half-cent sales tax.

The advisory committee members, selected from 15 applicants, will make a recommendation to the City Council in April.

Options include a general-purpose tax measure similar to Measure Y or a special-purpose tax that would have specific designations for what those funds can be spent on. The latter requires a two-thirds voter approval.

The council approved the committee with a 3-2 vote Tuesday. Councilman Dan Carpenter and Councilwoman Kathy Smith dissented.

Carpenter said he wanted to see more diversity on the committee.

The committee members, who were appointed if they were supported by three council members, include several people with ties to the city who have served or currently are serving on various city advisory bodies, including Michael Multari and John Fowler from the Planning Commission.

Other members are Jim Grant, retired county administrative officer; Patricia Andreen, a former trustee for the San Luis Coastal Unified School District; Michael Boswell, a former city planning commissioner; Lea Brooks, recently appointed to the bicycle advisory committee; Victoria Carranza, a county parks employee; Jeri Carroll, retired; Dia Hurd, retired; and Cate Norton, past eight-year member of the Promotional Coordinating Committee.

Those who did not make the cut include outspoken critics of the city Steve Barasch and Will Powers.

The city also named Catalyst Consulting firm to facilitate the advisory committee’s meetings and public outreach at a cost of $11,500.

The City Council had previously asked that a third-party facilitator be hired.

The council has committed to seeking a renewal of Measure Y or a similar sales tax increase in November 2014. Measure Y, approved by voters in 2006, is set to expire in March 2015. In the current budget, Measure Y is expected to bring in $6.5 million annually.

The members of the committee will gather community input on the measure and handle public outreach.

The committee is will gather for its first meeting Sept. 19.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939. Follow @a_cornejo on Twitter.

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