Following several attempts to get consensus on one of three positions (neutrality, support or opposition) on Measure T, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau ended their last board meeting without taking a position. The measure proposes a $1 Special Tax, per direction, on all Avalon passengers of ferries, cruise ships and helicopters, The Special Tax would fund the Catalina Island Medical Center.
In advance of the March Board meeting, pros and cons were drafted by volunteers and circulated to all 200+ Chamber & Visitor Bureau members, along with a poll on what position they felt the Chamber should take. The poll resulted in “oppose” coming in at 25%, “neutral” at (36.9%) and at “endorse” (36.9%).
At its March meeting a motion to remain neutral failed to get a second. A later motion to support failed to receive a majority of the votes.
Pros and cons are posted at catalinachamber.com/election, along with candidate questionnaires for City Council and Mayor. The election will be held April 10, 2018 with Avalon City Hall as the only polling place. Election night results will be broadcast on local cable and available via live stream on the CityofAvalon.com website.