Chamber has taken the following positions on two important statewide legislations

By Brittney Sherman

Brittney Sherman

The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Inaugural Virtual Candidate Forum went off without a hitch. Learn more about the candidates and their platforms, and hear statements from those who ran unopposed by accessing the recordings on the Chamber’s YouTube Page.

Now let’s turn our attention to legislation. The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce has taken the following positions on two important statewide legislations:

Prop 15 – OPPOSE

PROP 15, known as the Split Roll Tax, is an $11.5 billion per year property tax hike that would destroy PROP 13’s current property tax protections.

The majority of small businesses rent the location out of which they operate and pay a “triple-net lease” which means they pay property tax, insurance and maintenance costs. Raising property taxes will transfer the burden of increased payments onto small business owners and disproportionately  onto women and minority owned businesses.

Increased rents will do nothing to staunch the flow of financial bleeding that small businesses are already suffering due to COVID-19 restrictions. Protect struggling small businesses and their employees by saying NO to the largest property tax increase in California history.

Measure RR – SUPPORT

Vote Yes On RR on Twitter: "Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters endorsed Measure RR because they know we need Caltrain if we want a cleaner, more sustainable transportation future. #RescueCaltrain #Measure RR, known as Save Caltrain, is a 1/8-cent sales tax increase to keep Caltrain services running and expanding.

Not taking into consideration the High Speed Rail, Caltrain is South County’s only feasible non-highway commuter based transit line. It is the only major rail carrier in the region without a dedicated source of funding for its operations.

If we hope to have expanded services and electrification in the future we need to begin investing in Caltrain today so services don’t disappear altogether.

Post COVID people will return back to work and the highways will once again clog. If it remains alive, we still have the hope that increased services will be implemented in South County in the future.

We urge you to join us in protecting and supporting the future of transportation in South County by voting YES on Measure RR.

Brittney Sherman is the president and CEO of the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (408) 779-9444 or at [email protected]