Watch out you big government Scandinavians, Fremont is hot on your trail. First residents overwhelmingly approved a tax hike on hotel guests, now property owners have passed a tax hike to join the vermin-fighting Alameda County Vermin Control District.
If only the council would propose another utility tax and promise to spend the money killing rats at city hotels, Fremont could pay its firefighters $200,000 a year.
The Vector Control vote means that single-family homeowners will see another $10 tacked onto their property tax bill. For anyone who yacks at the City Council for wanting to tax tax tax, let the record show that the council, which has final say for city-owned properties, voted against the tax.
Most property owners didn’t bother voting. Out of 52,813 ballots mailed, only 12,606 were returned. That’s. 23.87 percent. 66 percent of respondents voted yes, while 33 voted no.