FAIRFIELD — The lawsuit against the city’s 1 percent sales tax measure has been dropped after Measure P passed by more than 67 percent.
The Central Solano Taxpayers Group has filed to dismiss the lawsuit against Measure P that was filed prior to the Nov. 6 election. It claimed improper language was used in voting material and the measure should have been an exact tax, needing a two-thirds majority.
Measure P only needed 50 percent plus one vote to pass and has received 67.06 percent of the vote. Plaintiff William “Dexter” Sanders, the taxpayer group’s vice president, previously said he felt the lawsuit would be tossed out by a judge if it hit the two-thirds threshold.
The group agreed, as it was announced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting the lawsuit was dropped. Sanders, and the named counsel George Guynn, were on hand. Each spoke briefly about the issue without directly addressing dropping the suit.
Sanders and Guynn both said after the meeting that the overwhelming support of the voters was the reason they dropped the suit.
A letter had been sent by the city to the group informing its members that if the lawsuit wasn’t dropped by Thursday, the city would seek to recover all fees associated with fighting it.
That was countered late last week with a letter sent to the city requesting it to repay the taxpayer group’s fees for filing the suit, according to the city’s attorney, Gregory Stepanicich. He said the city sent a letter back declining to pay the fees, which are more than $400.
City Manager Sean Quinn also announced that the council would receive a report on Measure P and begin the process of selecting an oversight committee in January. Measure P is set to take effect April 1.
After hearing some public comment, Councilman John Mraz hinted that those who filed the lawsuit may not want to apply to be on the committee.
“You can pretty much decide who won’t be on the audit committee,” Mraz said while looking at the taxpayer group members in the audience.
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