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By Saam Aryan.
Proposition 26, approved by voters on 11/2/2010, requires local taxes to be approved by voters. Before, local governments would put a misleading label “fees” to bypass that. That loophole then got closed.
Now a charge is Tax, if the charge specifically does not benefit those who pay the charge.
Millions that SFMTA got from us is equivalent to getting around 5 Billion dollars from those in San Francisco. California Constitution Article XIII-C Section 2 says you need 2/3 of the voters to do that.
They get away with this, and other laws that they broke, because nobody presses charges. I brought that to the Supervisors that reelected Mr. Malcolm Heinicke. They do not give a damn. They just had our time wasted because they had already made their mind before they got into the Room 263, today 4/19/12. If our comments were noteworthy to Supervisors, then they would consider its truthfulness and relevancy before approving Mr. Malcolm Heinicke unanimously.