The end of Half Moon Bay?

Julia Scott, writing in the San Mateo County Times, outlines the possibility of disincorporation that faces Half Moon Bay as a result of disastrous decisions by City leadership.

A few excerpts:

“The council has done everything in its power to keep the city whole,” Muller said. ‘If it [the sales tax measure] doesn’t pass, we could seriously not be in business much longer.'”

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“…the city will finish the current fiscal year with a deficit north of $500,000. And tourist dollars, the city’s economic mainstay, aren’t likely to flow in anytime soon.

‘We’re digging ourselves into a hole and the hole keeps getting deeper regardless of whether the sales tax comes in,’ Dolder warned.”

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“Disincorporation is so rare in California that it’s almost without precedent. The last city to do it, Cabazon in Riverside County, had fewer than 2,000 residents and no functional government to speak of when it voted to give up cityhood. The process is so complicated that county officials said they don’t know what kinds of services the Board of Supervisors would choose to provide or how much they would cost.”

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“One thing is certain: disincorporation is not a bailout. The county would lay claim to revenues, including Half Moon Bay’s property taxes, sales taxes and hotel taxes, but not its liabilities. Today’s Half Moon Bay residents would be required to assume the debt burden of Beachwood bond payments, which would likely be added as a lien on their properties, according to Assistant County Controller Bob Adler.”

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