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    Your Dec. 23 article [“City gets wetlands package in exchange for warehouse variance”] reporting on the City Council’s proposed 10 percent parking tax on beach lots was inaccurate.

    First, while I did join my four colleagues in voting to place the measure on the April 11, 2000 ballot, I stated at the time I was not endorsing the measure itself.

    Second, the council did not designate me to write the argument in favor of the measure, especially given my comment stated above. Nor did the council designate me to write the argument in favor of how such parking tax revenue should be used if passed by the voters.

    Thank you for the opportunity to correct the record.

    Tom Hasse,

    city councilmember