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Tangle over sales tax heats up after Ontario community leader seizes political sign from store

Former city councilor Charlotte Fugate tore down a political sign advocating a "no" vote on a proposed city sales tax at the Vintage Rose antique store in downtown Ontario last week. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese).

ONTARIO – An Ontario civic leader twice questioned downtown businesses about opposition to the proposed sales tax.

Charlotte Fugate, a former Ontario city councilor, last week tore down a political sign opposing the tax that was posted inside Vintage Rose, a downtown business.

Owners of Andrews Seed Company, a few blocks away, said Monday that Fugate had confronted their employees earlier about signs opposing the tax posted outside.

“We had a store full of people and she asked our store manager ‘Are those your signs?’ and she then turned and walked out,” said Susan Kurth, who owns the business with . . .