By Kirsten Farmer | [email protected] | The Beach Reporter PUBLISHED: March 5, 2019 at 6:45 am | UPDATED: March 5, 2019 at 6:45 am Manhattan Beach voters head to the polls today with two City Council seats up for grabs — and a measure that would increase the hotel bed tax also on the ballot. Former Councilmen Mark Burton and Wayne Powell are among a stacked field that also includes longtime residents Joe Franklin, Suzanne Hadley, Hildy Stern, Joseph A. Ungoco and Brian Withers. They will try to replace termed-out Councilmembers Amy Howorth and David Lesser. Polls close at 8 p.m. Residents will also cast votes on Measure A, also known as “Manhattan Beach’s Quality of Life Measure.” If it passes, the measure will raise the the city’s transient occupancy tax from its current rate of 10 percent to 12 percent in May 2020. The measure would also pave the way for a potential increase up to 14 percent by April 2022 and could generate an extra $1 million in city revenue to fund public services such as police and fire. Check back later for updates and, when polls close, for preliminary election results. Sign up for The Localist, our… Read full this story
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