The Redlands City Council voted unanimously to place a measure calling for a 1-cent sales tax increase on the November 2020 ballot during its meeting on Tuesday, June 16.
City Manager Charles Duggan said the increase would help reduce cuts the city would have to make to its services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Duggan said he wanted to make sure the audience understood that the council did not vote to raise the tax, only to put it on the ballot for voters to decide. The tax would go to services such as public safety, public works and addressing homelessness.
The negative arguments were that residents might not be able to afford a sales tax increase and that an increase might make it hard for businesses to recover from the coronavirus shutdown. The council explained that all money raised by the measure would fund essential services. By law, it could not be taken away by the state or used for other purposes.
Duggan said the council would discuss the increase further at the meeting on Tuesday, July 7.
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by dina colunga
june 18, 2020