Alameda’s Measure K1 expands the utility tax to cover Netflix.
In an obscene tax grab, the City of Alameda, with Measure K1, is expanding its so-called “utility” tax to cover popular services that are hardly “utilities” – streaming video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
With Measure K1, you will end up paying more for every mobile phone in your family – including your children’s phones.
Well, at least they aren’t pretending to hear both sides like they usually do…
Tomorrow night’s City of Alameda Denocratic Club forum will discuss the utility tax measure, the rent control measures and the school parcel tax measure, but only from one side. Opponents of these measures were not invited to speak.
How very UNdemocratic.
The move represents a new low in Alameda machine politics as the controlling inner ring has abandoned even the pretense of civil discussion over the issues.
The City of Alameda Democratic Club has abandoned all pretense of civil discourse over local issues.
Alameda city staff presentation explaining that the Utility Modernization Act “expands” the things that are taxed – a tax increase.
City staffers and the public safety unions – who stand to get a pay raise and pension boost from it – keep trying spin the Utility Modernization Act (Measure K1) as something other
than a tax increase. But it clearly is a tax increase that demands a 2/3rd vote under state law.