let me remind readers that voting for a new tax in hopes of reducing another tax always results in increased taxes. Keep this in mind during future council meetings when you hear the various members tell you how much this will benefit you. It won't. Ultimately it will give local government more money to spend which means you will have less to spend.
However, if there were a way to cap property taxes (indexed to inflation) then I would consider the proposal. Either way if candidates don't go on the record now then the public runs the risk of electing someone that might significantly raise their taxes and their only recourse would be to wait nearly 4 more years before throwing them out. This is unacceptable.
Voters need to demand answers from the candidates and wishy-washy answers are unacceptable as well. They should specifically demand to know under what circumstances the candidates would support the shift in tax burden. They should also demand to know how the candidates plan on keeping the shift revenue neutral.
This, along with the city light fund money, should be two of the top issues for city council candidates...