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Sales tax hike voted down

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A proposed quarter-cent sales tax that could have gone before voters Nov. 2 was struck down by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

The increase could have potentially raised $30 million annually for five years for the county, but was defeated 3-2 Tuesday. Supervisors Carole Groom, Adrienne Tissier and Mark Church voted against placing the measure on the ballot, while Rich Gordon and Rose Jacobs Gibson voted in favor.

The next time the county could consider a sales tax increase on the ballot would be in 2012, when the next supervisor election is slated after this year.

A report presented to the board July 13 said 56 percent of county residents were in favor of raising sales tax.

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