Early voting begins on Oakland parcel tax

October 17, 2011 6:56:53 PM PDT
Early voting began in Oakland Monday for a series of measures, including a controversial $60 million parcel tax.

Measure I is the five-year tax designed to raise money for fire protection, library services and senior services, among other things. Critics say there are no details on how the money should be spent and that it's like giving City Hall a blank check.

"Any change in our structural system that we have - when you spend more than you're taking in, is never going to work."

Advocates say the tax would replenish city coffers to the tune of $11 million -- accounts that have been bled dry by the faltering economy.

The tax would be $80 per parcel each year for a single-family home.