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Math Matters. But maybe not for Verizon.

Math does matter. A hilarious Verizon call. This has been floating around the internet for ages, but it's worth a quick listen. It makes a point that's worth remembering as people consider the impact of a 1/2% sales tax increase. It's different from a 1/2 cent increase.

  • Adding a 1/2% to a purchase of $100, adds 50 cents. 
  • Adding 1/2% to a purchase of $50, adds 25 cents.
  • Adding 1/2% to a purchase of $10, adds a half cent (maybe rounded up to a penny?)

That's quite different from saying that the sales tax would add 1/2 cent to every purchase.  

Just saying, folks: Math matters. And I guess language matters too, right? So...1/2 percent please, not 1/2 cent...

And...the million dollar question (literally): Do I think it's reasonable to ask every customer who shops here to spend 1/2% more on their purchases so that Sebastopol can be healthy? Yes I do. If someone spends $100 at a shop downtown I don't think it's wrong to ask them to add on 50 cents to help the town flourish. I'm OK with a shopper adding 25 cents to a $50 purchase, or a rounded-up-to-a-penny for a $10 purchase. We all care about this town. We all want to continue shopping here. So how about we all contribute to the solution? 

OK. Getting off my soap box now...

Diana Rich, Sebastopol City Council
321 S. Main St. #60 
Sebastopol CA 95472
FPPC #1430199
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