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Letter: Cancel the jail expansion project
July 27, 2012, 05:00 AM Letter

Editor,

In response to the article "Sales tax hike heads to vote" in the July 25 edition of the Daily Journal, I want to remind my fellow San Mateo County residents that we could save millions of dollars in our community if we canceled Sheriff Munks' budget-busting jail expansion project.

In June, the Board of Supervisors tentatively approved a $1.8 billion budget that includes $44.2 million for first-phase planning and construction of a $155 million jail. Given the fiscal climate in California, we do need progressive tax measures for after-school programs, libraries, emergency services, hospitals and parks. However, let's remember that the Board of Supervisors has been pushing for the jail construction to "retain full discretion" on how to use the tax proceeds. If we want this tax measure to be a "save the hospital, parks and children's programs tax," we must demand the cancelation of the jail construction project so that this tax increase doesn't just become a massive jail tax.


Bernadette Rabuy

South San Francisco



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