Posted on March 10, 2010
Fate of Richmond's Measure T
Headed for State Court
Contra Costa Times
RICHMOND — city officials will take their voter-approved manufacturers
fee to state court for a ruling, after a county judge declared
the ballot measure invalid.
The City Council voted 4-3 to appeal the county's decision
to the state Court of Appeal. Tom Butt, Gayle McLaughlin, Jeff
Ritterman and Jim Rogers voted yes; Nat Bates, Ludmyrna Lopez
and Maria Viramontes voted no.
Measure T was approved in November 2008 and charges manufacturers
a quarter-percent of the value of the raw materials they use
each year if it is more than the annual business license fee
they paid before the initiative was enacted. The measure was
projected to generate at least $16 million annually, most of
it from the Chevron refinery.
Chevron sued. A county judge ruled in December that Measure
T is discriminatory.
Katherine Tam covers Richmond. Follow her