SLO considering another new sales tax and $400 million in spending

On top of the city’s existing .5 percent sales tax, San Luis Obispo officials are putting forward the idea of a 1 percent sales tax and additional property taxes, in order to fund infrastructure projects that are said to require $400 million in fresh capital.

Currently, San Luis Obispo has a 7.75 percent sales tax rate, the same rate as the other six cities in SLO County, each of which have also adopted half-cent sales taxes. Read More …

Atascadero officials oppose competitive bidding saying it is too costly

During an Atascadero City Council meeting in November, city staff and officials claimed it would cost $150,000 and take about three years to allow for competitive bidding for the city’s garbage collection contract, costs and time constraints that appear overstated. The council then voted 3-2 not to open up the bidding with council members Roberta Fonzi and Charles Bourbeau dissenting. Read More …