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Former Ontario councilor quits posts after ‘poor behavior’ over sales tax sign

Former city councilor Charlotte Fugate resigned from the city budget board after she walked into a local business Tuesday and ripped down a "Vote No Sales Tax." (The Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO – A longtime Ontario community leader resigned three posts Thursday following reports she entered a downtown business and tore down a political sign opposing the city’s sales tax.

Witnesses said that on Tuesday, Charlotte Fugate, a former Ontario city councilor, took down the sign hanging inside Vintage Rose. She has supported the campaign for the proposed 1 percent sales tax.

The tax measure, on the May ballot, has drawn intense interest in the community, including among business leaders. Campaigns supporting and opposing the tax have raised several thousand dollars, buying yard signs and political advertising. The Ontario City Council approved the tax last fall, but it was referred . . .