Three out of the seven seats on the council are at stake in the election. The third incumbent, Ken Rosenberg, said he decided not to run for a second term.
A pair of city-sponsored tax measures that will head to voters in November now have their official ballot designations: P and Q.
Measure P is the city's bid to update its business license tax to dramatically increase the fees on the city's largest employers. Under the current system, most companies, from LinkedIn to a tiny mom-and-pop shop, typically pay license fees that run about $34 per year. The proposed system would charge businesses based on the size of their workforce. Google, in particular, would see a huge fee jump if the new tax structure were to pass. Any business with less than $5,000 in annual revenue would not have to pay the license fee.
Most of the revenue generated by the increased business license fees would go toward transportation improvements. In June, council members largely agreed that asking more from the city's large tech employers was an appropriate response to the outsized traffic congestion those companies are causing.
Measure Q is the city's proposed tax on cannabis sales. The law would allow retail marijuana shops to open up in Mountain View, and would establish a new 9 percent tax surcharge on any of their sales.
Both measures need a simple majority to pass.
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