The city of Oxnard is prepared to place a 1.5 cent sales tax increase on the November ballot. The city claims this is necessary since the coronavirus pandemic has severely hampered city revenues.
In recent negotiations with the city’s unions, the city staff proposed, and City Council approved, a dramatic increase in health benefit concessions for public safety employees and top city management. These concessions will amount to $40 million over the next three years and the increase will continue beyond the expiration date of the MOUs. There is also the excessive unchecked and non-reimbursed overtime for public safety, which seemingly increases annually, and the underfunded pension obligations, which will cause our property taxes to increase next year.
The city stands prepared to borrow up to $30 million from the enterprise funds, which are now flush with money thanks to the multiple rate increases.
Oxnard voters, stand by to receive a multitude of taxpayer-funded colorful mailers describing why a sales tax increase is absolutely necessary.
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June 21, 2020